Television Corporation of America
Starring: John Ireland, Faith Domergue, John Carradine
Directed by: Paul Harrison
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: A hard-boiled director (John Ireland) is struggling to get a low-budget horror movie made on location in a house where seven mysterious deaths have taken place. Only art starts imitating life when the actors and crew become targets of supernatural happenings themselves.
Featured Feline: The temperamental leading lady of the film-within-a-film is actress Gayle Dorian (Faith Domergue) who has brought her cat, Cleon, to the house while filming. She carries Cleon when the caretaker shows them around the home and gives them some background into its history. Cleon appears to be a Snowshoe Siamese (the same breed as Grumpy Cat!)
At one point Gayle is holding Cleon as she stands in front of a painting depicting a screeching cat’s head on a pitchfork. Fellow actor Christopher Millan (Charles Macaulay) is standing beside them and starts to pet Cleon. The cat reacts violently and scratches Millan, who in turn actually slaps the cat! Later when Gayle retires for the night Cleon hears a noise outside and they both go to the door to investigate. Cleon ends up running out of the room and disappearing into the night.
Kitty Carnage Warning! After the opening credits this film is sorely lacking in murders until after the first hour. The one exception to this is Cleon, whose bisected body is found during an exterior scene filming. It seems slapping the poor cat wasn’t enough.
Final Mewsings: Real men don’t slap cats!