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Inferno (1980)

Inferno poster

Produzioni Intersound
Starring:
 Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle
Directed by: Dario Argento

This review contains severe Kitty Carnage Warnings!

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

Synopsis: The second entry in Argento’s Three Mothers trilogy. Rose Elliott (Irene Miracle) suspects evil happening in and around the New York building where she lives and she calls on her brother Mark (Leigh McCloskey) to travel from Rome to help her. But is he too late?

Cat Cattle Call: There are numerous cats in the film, many of which are hanging out around the antique bookstore and curio shop next to the building in New York run by Kazanian (Sacha Pitoëff). The cats are in the alley outside the store as Rose seeks to find an entry to her building’s cellar. One of the cats even approaches her but turns away when she opens the cellar door. Food seems to have been used as an incentive to keep the cats on their marks.

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Later in Rome we see Mark attending a college music appreciation class, but he is distracted by a ravishing woman holding a cream colored Persian cat. She seems to be casting a spell upon him. At the very least, she distracts him from reading the letter he has received from his sister.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat in music class

Mark looks for the woman when the class ends but she is walking away.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat leaving music class

Mark arrives in New York and meets his sister’s upstairs neighbor, Countess Elise De Longvalle Adler (Daria Nicolodi). They try to figure out the mystery behind Rose’s disappearance. In the interim, cats are seen around the building, often eating meat which is being fed to them. The origin of the meat, well, you will just have to guess!

Inferno - black cat and tuxedo cat sitting on cushion

In Kazanian’s store, a black cat is accidentally grabbed as the man stumbles. The cat then knocks over a statue, breaking it. The alley cats are still hanging around outside, too.

Inferno - black cat accidentally being grabbed

In one scene Elise is wandering around the building alone when she is suddenly attacked by numerous cats. As in most cat attack scenes, the poor cat actors are actually just thrown at the actress; catapulted at her, if you will. An extraordinary amount of cat fur is flying in these scenes.

Inferno - Rose being attacked by cats

If you look closely, you can see the actress who plays Elise is replaced by a stunt double wearing a kind of mannequin head to avoid being accidentally clawed on the face and head by the cats. This is used for most of the scene.

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats animated gif

You can also actually see the arm of the person throwing one of the cats into the scene! The bad thing is that some of the cats seem to be fighting each other in the confusion. In any case, they are certainly fighting each other more than they are attacking the person.

Inferno - man's arm throwing cat at fake Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of cat's mouth

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of tuxedo cat's face

Later, Kazanian approaches a sweet-looking tuxedo cat which is sitting beneath a table in his store.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff looking at gray tuxedo cat under table

Kitty Carnage Warning!  This is where things turn ugly for the cats. Kazanian coaxes the tuxedo cat out only to grab it by the scruff. The poor cat actor is struggling as the man carries him across the room. The man then slams the cat’s head against the back of a chair. Fortunately the cat used for the head slamming shot is a fake one, but it is a disturbing moment.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff picking up gray tuxedo cat by scruff

Kazanian then takes things to extremes when he opens a sack full of live cats and throws the tuxedo cat inside. He then proceeds to take the sack down to the water and drowns the cats. He does get his comeuppance, but not until after the cats are drowned. A mechanism was used inside the closed bag to make it look as if it were full of cats.

Inferno - cats inside burlap sack

Near the end of the movie, Mark is digging under the floor of Rose’s room when a tuxedo cat appears and then runs in, ducking down under the floorboards.

Inferno - tuxedo cat looking in through window

This same tuxedo cat is later seen attacking and eating a live mouse.

Inferno - tuxedo cat eating mouse

It is reported that assistant director Lamberto Bava wrangled so many cats for the film that he can no longer stand to be in a room with a cat and has avoided them ever since.

Inferno - close up of black cat's eye

Inferno - silhouette of cat on wall

Final Mewsings: Cats have been avoiding Lamberto Bava since this film as well!


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Nightbreed (1990)

Nightbreed poster

Morgan Creek Entertainment
Starring:
 Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby
Directed by: Clive Barker

Synopsis: Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) is a troubled young man being framed for murder who stumbles upon an underground enclave of monsters called Midian where he feels at home.

Purr Blur: At one point Boone’s girlfriend goes to Midian to look for him. When she wakes up from being unconscious, a tiny tabby kitten is seen nearby.

Nightbreed - tabby kitten in Midian

The kitten is beside the coffin where she is lying. It’s not really explained if the kitten is actually the little shape-shifting girl or just happens to be in the scene for some reason. But then not much is really explained in this movie.

Nightbreed - tabby kitten sitting beside coffin with Lori Anne Bobby in Midian

Final Mewsings: If you have to wake up in a monster world, wake up to a kitten!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the kitten in this movie!


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Redneck Zombies (1989)

Redneck Zombies poster

Full Moon Pictures
Starring:
 Pericles Lewnes, Tyrone Taylor
Directed by: Pericles Lewnes

Synopsis: A group of backwood rednecks start a zombie apocolypse when they get the bright idea to use a barrel full of nuclear waste as their still.

Kitty Cameo: As Elly May (Pericles Lewnes) is driving around delivering the moonshine, a shot of an orange tabby cat on a roof is seen briefly.

Redneck Zombies - orange tabby cat sitting on roof

Redneck Zombies - orange tabby cat sitting on roof

Final Mewsings: Cats are smart enough to get to high ground before the zombies run wild.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Slumber Party Massacre poster

Santa Fe Productions
Starring:
 Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille
Directed by: Amy Jones

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

Synopsis: A group of high school girls find themselves the target of a driller killer during a slumber party.

Kitty Cameos: The girls all play on the school’s basketball team and the new girl, Valerie (Robin Stille) proves to be a good player, which causes her to be shunned by some of the other girls. Valerie’s neighbor, Trish (Michelle Michaels), wants to invite Valerie to a party at her house while her parents are away, but a stuck-up girl named Diane (Gina Smika Hunter) is against it. As Valerie arrives home there is a tabby and white cat on her front walk.

Slumber Party Massacre - tabby and white cat waiting on path as Valerie Robin Stille approaches

Slumber Party Massacre - tabby and white cat waiting on path as Valerie Robin Stille approaches

Amazingly enough, Valerie walks right by the cat and doesn’t even give it a second look, even though the cat looks like it is hoping for attention.

Slumber Party Massacre - tabby and white cat waiting on path as Valerie Robin Stille passes

The girls’ coach, Rachel (Pamela Roylance) arrives home and asks her friend Pam (Amy Aquino) if she’s seen her cat, but Pam says she hasn’t seen the cat all day. Later that evening Rachel is home alone when she hears a noise. She slowly approaches a closed closet and opens the door. Immediately a gray and white tabby cat named Muffin flies out of the closet in true spring-loaded cat fashion and scares her. Rachel chases Muffin down the hall, apologizing.

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin jumping out from closet

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin jumping out from closet

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin jumping out from closet and scaring Coach Rachel Jana Pamela Roylance animated gif

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin running away down hall

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin picked up by Coach Rachel Jana Pamela Roylance in hall

Still later Valerie is home alone with her little sister, Courtney (Jennifer Meyers). A little orange and white tabby kitten is drinking milk from a dish behind them. The cat is next seen on the floor nearby as Courtney goes upstairs.

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten on table drinking milk behind Valerie Robin Stille and Courtney Jennifer Meyers

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten floor as Courtney Jennifer Meyers gets up

Later Valerie and Courtney go outside after hearing some noises to see if the girls at the party next door are okay. When they return home, the orange and white kitten runs down the path after them.

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten chasing Valerie Robin Stille and Courtney Jennifer Meyers down path

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten chasing Valerie Robin Stille and Courtney Jennifer Meyers down path

Final Mewsings: Funny how we apologize to cats for them scaring us!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this film!


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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers (1989)

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers poster

Magnum Pictures Inc.
Starring:
 Wendy Kaplan, Tamara Glynn
Directed by: Dominique Othenin-Girard

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

Synopsis: Serial killer Michael Meyers is on the loose again, this time setting out to kill a mute girl (Danielle Harris) and those around her.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): In one scene some friends, Tina (Wendy Kaplan), Samantha (Tamara Glynn) and Spitz (Matthew Walker) are attending a Halloween party. They play a joke on a couple of bumbling cops by having Spitz, who is dressed as the Shape, chase the girls out of the party. Samantha, who is dressed as a devil, then finds a tiny ginger tabby kitten near a barn.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding up ginger tabby kitten

The three friends walk into the barn to find the kitten’s family. As they enter, Spitz startles the girls.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan entering barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan being scared in barn

They find a box with the kittens inside. A tuxedo kitten gets out and runs away, at first followed by a ginger sibling.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan bending over

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha wooden box of kittens in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo and ginger tabby kittens running away in barn

Tina chases after the tuxedo kitten and there are some tense moments in the darkness until the kitten jumps onto her hand, maybe one of the youngest spring loaded cats ever!

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo kitten running away in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo kitten jumps on Tina Wendy Kaplan hand scaring her in barn animated gif

Tina carries the kitten back to the box. Later Samantha reaches in and picks up one of the ginger kittens and holds it up.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding tuxedo kitten

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding tuxedo kitten in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - ginger tabby kitten being picked up from wooden box of kittens

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding up ginger tabby kitten

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn picking up ginger tabby kitten and holding it to her face animated gif

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding meowing ginger tabby kitten

Samantha puts the kitten down and goes to make love with Spitz. Michael shows up and puts an end to that. When Tina returns to the barn she finds the ginger kitten covered with blood (that of the murdered friends).

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - ginger tabby kitten covered with blood on barn floor

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding up bloody ginger tabby kitten

Tina drops the kitten to the floor of the barn (very roughly, unfortunately) next to a bloody scythe. The kittens are not seen again.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - bloody ginger tabby kitten dropped on floor by bloody scythe

Final Mewsings: At least the kittens survived the movie!

Many thanks to Leila Smith for letting us know about the kittens in this movie!


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