Starring: Stephen Geoffreys, Sandy Dennis
Directed by: Robert Englund
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: Evil lurks in the phone wires and invades the life of anyone foolish enough to call the number 976-EVIL.
Cat Cattle Call: The cool dude Spike (Patrick O’Bryan) and his nerdy cousin Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys) live with their overbearing and zealously religious Aunt Lucy (Sandy Dennis). Aunt Lucy owns multiple cats who are seen in several scenes, usually when she is berating Hoax.
Aunt Lucy even answers the door holding a black cat.
She also shares her dinner table with the cats. She definitely treats the cats better than she does her nephews.
She sits on the couch watching television, confused as Hoax runs out the door.
When Hoax returns Aunt Lucy berates him, threatening to give him the strap. That doesn’t happen. And later when Angela searches the house for Aunt Lucy she finally finds her in the bedroom, surrounded by her beloved cats. Who are eating her.
According to director and horror icon Robert Englund, the cat actors would follow direction, unlike the spiders who would hardly move. Also the dummy of Sandy Dennis was actually filled with tuna fish for the cats to eat.
Final Mewsings: Usually cats have better taste!