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Cat Show (1948)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.

Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.

Cat Show 1948 - Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison looking into basket of Siamese kittens

Cat Show 1948 - little girl looking at Siamese kitten in cage

Cat Show 1948 - Siamese kittens inside cage

Cat Show 1948 - kitten sitting on woman's shoulder

Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.

Cat Show 1948 - close up of white Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - extreme close up of black Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of gray Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.


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Deliria (1987)

Stagefright poster

English Title:  StageFright (aka Aquarius and Bloody Bird)
DMV Distribuzione
Starring:
 Barbara Cupisti, Clain Parker
Directed by: Michael Soavi

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

Synopsis: A theater troupe finds themselves locked in a soundstage with a crazed killer.

Featured Feline: The film opens with a cat yowling under the opening credits. A black cat is featured prominently in many scenes of the film (actually the cat, whose name is Lucifer, appears to be a tabby cat which has been tinted black). The cat first crosses the stage as the actors are rehearsing a play.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer walking across stage

The director, Peter (David Brandon) later grabs Lucifer roughly and hands him to a stage hand named Mark (Martin Philips), directing him to “Get this damn cat out of here.”

Deliria - director reaching for black tabby cat Lucifer on stage

Deliria - Mark Martin Philips carrying away black tabby cat Lucifer

Lucifer belongs to the building’s caretaker Willy (James Sampson), who reaches for him when he crosses the path of actress Alicia (Barbara Cupisti) and seamstress Betty (Ulrike Schwerk) as they head out for medical help for Alicia’s sore ankle. Alicia is nervous and Betty asks if she is superstitious.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer running in front of women

The girls go to a psychiatric hospital for help and unwittingly bring back a crazed psycho killer named Irving Wallace (Clain Parker) in their car. As Betty later sits in the car, she is startled by Lucifer who jumps at her in true spring-loaded cat fashion from the back seat. After Betty is killed, Alicia hears Lucifer meowing around the car and looks for him. Lucifer is not seen but Alicia finds Betty’s body next to the car.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer jumps up on back of front seat in car

Lucifer is not seen again until later in the film when the majority of the theater troupe has been killed, leaving only Alicia to witness the gruesome scene of Wallace, wearing an owl’s head that was a prop from the play, arranging the mutilated bodies around the stage. Lucifer emerges from beneath a chair and starts to gnaw on part of one of the bodies.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer coming out from beneath chair on bloody stage covered with bodies

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer coming out from beneath chair on bloody stage covered with bodies

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer gnawing at body on bloody stage

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer on bloody stage covered with bodies and killer

The cat then hits an electrical cable on the stage, turning on a fan which blows feathers everywhere.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer bumping into wire

Lucifer then becomes Wallace’s lap cat, enjoying pets as the crazy man sits in the chair in the middle of the stage, surrounded by his carnage.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Alicia spots the key to the door stuck in the stage and crawls beneath the floor to try to pry it loose. Lucifer notices the nail she is using coming up through the boards and investigates, tipping Wallace off to Alicia’s location.

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer at feet of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer at feet of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Lucifer is only seen one more time following Alicia down the steps of the stage as she runs to the door.

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer coming off bloody stage with Alicia Barbara Cupisti ahead

Final Mewsings: If you are stupid enough to go to a psychiatric hospital for a sore ankle, don’t blame the cat for your bad luck!

Many thanks to Dr. Jimmy and Bob for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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The Hand (1981)

The Hand poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Michael Caine, Mara Hobel
Directed by: Oliver Stone

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

Synopsis: Jonathan Lansdale (Michael Caine) is a cartoonist who loses his hand in a freak accident and then thinks he’s losing his mind when his disembodied hand haunts his life.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film Jonathan is at his country home with his wife Anne (Andrea Marcovicci) and daughter Lizzie (Mara Hobel). He notices Lizzie poking at something with a stick. A black cat is in the background.

The Hand - black cat Amanda in background behind Lizzie Mara Hobel

Lizzie is poking at a lizard’s tail which is moving each time she pushes the stick closer. The black cat is eating the rest of the lizard by a tree.

The Hand - black cat Amanda eating lizard by tree

As they contemplate the wriggling appendage, the black cat suddenly pounces on the tail and devours it, then runs away. Lizzie calls after the cat, “Amanda!”

The Hand - black cat Amanda eating lizard's tail

The Hand - black cat Amanda running away

The Hand - black cat Amanda jumping on lizard's tail and eating it then running away Lizzie Mara Hobel Jonathan Michael Caine animated gif

After the accident, Jonathan is in his studio attempting to draw with his left hand. He hears a noise behind him and looks but nothing is there. Suddenly Amanda leaps out of nowhere onto the drawing board and hisses violently.

The Hand - black cat Amanda hissing

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Amanda then inexplicably turns and dashes through the glass window with a crash.

The Hand - black cat Amanda going through window with Jonathan Michael Caine

The Hand - black cat Amanda going through window with Jonathan Michael Caine animated gif

This scene is repeated later in the film as a memory in black and white. It is never explains exactly what happened to Amanda or if she survived the crash through the window, although in the context of the film her fate could be deduced. But we won’t give spoilers here.

The Hand - black cat Amanda hissing in black and white

In the DVD commentary track, director Oliver Stone explained that the shot of the cat leaping through the window was difficult to achieve using a mechanical spring cat matched to the real cat actor who had to jump on the table and then turn and run in the right direction. “Working with animals and getting the stunt right is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do in the films. So to get a cat to jump in the correct manner and scare somebody is not easy.”

Final Mewsings: Oliver Stone wasn’t content with just one spring-loaded cat!


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Jackals (2017)

Jackals poster

Tommy Alastra Productions (TAP)
Starring:
 Stephen Dorff, Deborah Kara Unger
Directed by: Kevin Greutert

Synopsis: A family rescues their son from a dangerous cult only to be targeted when the group comes for him.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film the camera shows the perspective of someone creeping towards a house. As the person approaches the back porch, a black cat can be seen lying on a bench.

Jackals - black cat lying on bench on porch

The person approaches the bench and then pauses to pet the cat before moving on. The cat is not seen again.

Jackals - black cat lying on bench

Jackals - black cat being petted on bench

Final Mewsings: A cat finally survives a horror film!


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Night of the Eagle (1962)

Night of the Eagle DVD

Also Known As:  Burn, Witch, Burn
Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Janet Blair, Peter Wyngarde, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls
Directed by: Sidney Hayers

Synopsis: Teacher Norman Taylor is a staunch skeptic (Peter Wyngarde), so when he suspects his wife Tansy (Janet Blair) has been practicing witchcraft he insists her fears of curses against them are unfounded and makes her stop. But when things start to spiral out of control in their lives he begins to doubt his faith in logic.

Kitty Cameo: A beautiful long-haired black cat lives in the Taylor’s home and is seen in several scenes.

Night of the Eagle - black cat sitting on stairs

Night of the Eagle - black cat sitting on desk

When Norman forces Tansy to burn her witchcrafting materials he waits until the end to burn the spider she keeps in an ivory box. As soon as the ornate box hits the flames the cat, which is sitting on a chair nearby, starts to hiss and screech and then runs from the room.

Night of the Eagle - black cat watching from chair

Later on the cat is instrumental (although seen only briefly, and thrown from offscreen as well) in a final evil spell against the Taylors.

Night of the Eagle - black cat screeching on chair

Final Mewsings: Never burn an ivory box decorated with skulls in front of a cat.  They may just set your house on fire later.


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