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Death by Invitation (1971)

Death by Invitation poster

Kirt Films
Starring:
 Shelby Leverington, Aaron Phillips, Norman Paige
Directed by: Ken Friedman

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Low budget horror misfire about a young woman named Lise (Shelby Leverington) who avenges herself upon the descendents of those who executed her ancestor as a witch.

Kitty Cameo: In a movie about witches one would think a black cat would be present throughout much of the film.  Unfortunately you have to sit through (better yet zoom through) to the end where the cat finally appears in Lise’s apartment.  Her love interest Jake (Norman Paige) discovers blood coming from an adjacent room and goes to investigate.  As he opens the door a black cat runs out past his feet.

Death by Invitation - black cat runs from room

After discovering the bloody remains of one of Lise’s victims, Lise enters the room holding the cat.

Death by Invitation - Lise with black cat

It’s about this time that Peter Vroot shows up looking for the killer who has plagued his family.

Death by Invitation - Lise and Jake with black cat

A fight between Peter and Jake ensues.  Lise is in the background holding the cat during the fight.

Death by Invitation - Lise with black cat during fight

Final Mewsings: The scariest part of this film is the fact the cat doesn’t show up until the end!


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An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999)

An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster DVD

Universal Family and Home Entertainment
Starring:
 Dom DeLuise, Thomas Dekker, Pat Musick
Directed by: Larry Latham

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Fievel Mousekewitz (voiced by Thomas Dekkerr) suffers from nightmares caused by recent events where mice have been ripped violently from their homes by some unknown monster in the night.  His sister Tanya (voiced by Lacey Chabert) has started working for the Daily Nibbler where ace reporter Nellie Brie (voiced by Susan Boyd) is determined to find out the truth behind the disappearances.

Cartoon Cat: Fievel’s cat friend Tiger (voiced by Dom DeLuise) is back working with Tony (voiced by Pat Musick) and his Daily Nibbler delivery service.

An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster - Tiger and Tony newspapers

Tiger is the one sent for help from the Dog Council which meets in Central Park, a job Tiger doesn’t relish but sets out to do anyway.

An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster - Tiger cat falls in Central Park fountain

Bad Kitties: A gang of cats is being led by a mangy pink poodle named Miss Mousey (voiced by Candi Milo) and they are the villains behind the mice disappearances.

An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster - Miss Mousey and cat gang

The bad cats are often played as comedic villains and as such they even join Miss Mousey in song.

An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster - cat gang sings along with Miss Mousey

The truly scary cat in this piece is the demon cat of Fievel’s dreams!

An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster - demon cat from dream

Final Mewsings: Nightmare cats can haunt your dreams!


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Ministry of Fear (1944)

Ministry of Fear poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond
Directed by: Fritz Lang

Synopsis: Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) is released from a two-year sentence in an asylum after being found guilty of murdering his wife.  He wins a cake at a local fete, setting off a chain of events wherein he realizes a sinister organization is after the secret within the cake which he accidentally intercepted.

Purr Blurs: Stephen returns to London and in one scene an air raid siren goes off.  The residents of the area quickly head for their nearby tube station shelter.  One little girl is seen with a baby buggy.  She pulls a basket of kittens from the buggy and then joins her mother to go down to the station.

Ministry of Fear - kittens in basket

Final Mewsings: Little known World War II slogan: Don’t let Fritz blitz your kits!


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Intimni osvetleni (1965)

Intimate Lighting DVD

English Title: Intimate Lighting
Ceskoslovenský Státní Film
Starring:
 Zdenek Bezusek, Karel Blazek, Vera Kresadlová
Directed by: Ivan Passer

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: The story of two classical musicians who reunite after ten years.  Peter (Zdenek Bezusek) is a member of a regional orchestra and returns to play a concert for his friend Bambas (Karel Blazek) who has stayed in their home town as a music instructor and part-time professional (playing funerals in exchange for the building materials for his house.)

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Peter arrives with his young girlfriend Stepa (Vera Kresadlová) who wanders around the home while the musicians are playing.  At one point we see her stalking a tiny white kitten outside.  The kitten peeks out from behind some building materials.

Intimate Lighting - kitten hiding among bricks

Stepa barks, trying to scare the kitten out.  But the kitten only mews.

Intimate Lighting - kitten mewing

We again see the musicians playing inside the house then hear Stepa calling for Peter from outside.  Unexpectedly she lifts up the little white kitten to the window, asking Peter if he sees it.  Peter continues to play and assures her he does.  She then lowers the kitten and we hear some strange noises, as if she is doing something with the construction materials.  The men stop playing and look at the window, wondering what she could possibly be doing.

Intimate Lighting - kitten outside window

A moment later she lifts up the kitten to reveal it is completely black!

Intimate Lighting - black kitten outside window

Apparently she somehow managed to paint the kitten (either that or she found a black kitten somewhere as well to pull a joke.)

Intimate Lighting - black kitten outside window close

Final Mewsings: Black or white, kittens are adorable!


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Blackadder Goes Forth – “Captain Cook”

Blackadder Goes Forth DVD

Original Air Date: September 28, 1989
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson
Directed by: Richard Boden

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains a major spoiler for this episode!

Synopsis: Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is desperate to find any means to escape from the trenches of World War I and Private Baldrick’s (Tony Robinson) atrocious cooking.  So he takes advantage of his subordinate Lieutenant George’s (Hugh Laurie) artistic talents hoping for a one-way ticket to Paris.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the end of the episode we realize that Blackadder, George and Baldrick have escaped from going over the top by posing as Italian chefs and cooking for General Melchett (Stephen Fry) and Captain Darling (Tim McInnery).  This ties back to jokes at the very beginning of the episode in which Blackadder details what each of Baldrick’s dishes tastes like, i.e. his cream custard tasting like cat’s vomit, which Baldrick essentially admits is the truth of the matter.  We leave the General and Captain anticipating their cream custard as the “cooks” arrive back in their trench.  Blackadder then delivers the classic final line, “One thing puzzles me, Baldrick.  How did you manage to get so much custard out of such a small cat?”  In fact we see Baldrick is holding the most adorable tiny tabby kitten in his arms.

Blackadder Goes Forth - Captain Cook - Baldrick with tiny kitten

Final Mewsings: Everyone knows an awful lot can come from even the tiniest cat!


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