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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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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin Nombre poster

Scion Films
Starring:
 Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores
Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga

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

Synopsis: Honduran teenager Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) meets Mexican gang member Willy (Edgar Flores) while traveling to America and the two form a unique relationship.

Kitty Cameo: Willy and Sayra find themselves on the run when Willy’s gang is seeking him. They stop at the home of a woman Willy used to run errands for within the gang. The woman agrees to help them get to the border. During the scene where they are talking, the woman has a gray cat under her arm.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

The woman is not very gentle with the cat, tugging at its ear and tucking it under her arm when carrying it.

Sin Nombre - Sayra Paulina Gaitan with Aunt holding gray cat

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Later she sits down at the table with Willy and sets the cat down before talking to him.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking up at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking Aunt setting gray cat on table

Final Mewsings: Don’t trust a woman who doesn’t know how to hold a cat!


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Blood and Sand (1941)

Blood and Sand poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Tryone Power, Linda Darnell
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Synopsis: Peasant boy Juan Gallardo (Tyrone Power) rises to fame as a matador.

Purr Blur: In the beginning of the film a young Juan and his friends travel to Madrid. On the way they pass mile markers showing how much further there is to go. On the 300 km marker there is a black cat which is eating some kind of meat as they pass.

Blood and Sand - black cat eating on 300 km marker as boys pass

Blood and Sand - black cat eating on 300 km marker as boy passes

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate meat left on mile markers!

Many thanks to Kitty L. for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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Man’s Best Friend (1993)

Man's Best Friend poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen
Directed by: John Lafia

This review contains a severe Kitty Carnage Warning!

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

Synopsis: News reporter Lori Tanner (Ally Sheedy) breaks into an experimental lab and rescues a dog named Max, not realizing that he is actually a dangerous hybrid.

Kitty Cameos: At the beginning of the film several classic paintings and block drawings of dogs interacting with man (in both good ways and bad) are shown. In among these is a drawing of two fighting cats being thrown into some kind of ring.

Man's Best Friend - drawing of cats being thrown into ring

A couple of cats can be be seen in the lab. A tabby is startled when a woman’s bloody shoe is thrown against its cage. This is because the woman is being torn apart by Max.

Man's Best Friend - tabby cat reacting to bloody shoe class=

Kitty Carnage Warning! Later when Lori and her camerawoman break into the lab they film several animals which have been injured or maimed, including one little gray and white kitten which is bloody. It should be noted that while all the experiments shown are faked, they are very distressing for any animal lover.

Man's Best Friend - gray and white kitten in cage

Featured Feline:  Max is well behaved around Lori (at first) and even makes friends with the neighbor boy Rudy (J.D. Daniels). Rudy takes Max out for a run and meets up with his friend Chet (Bradley Pierce). As they are going down the street they spot an orange tabby cat nearby which hisses at them.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo by tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo hissing by tree

Chet points out that it is Mrs. Barclay’s stupid cat Boo. Neither boy likes Boo and Rudy notes that the cat always tries to scratch him. The boys look at each other and have the same idea, telling Max to get the cat.

Man's Best Friend - close up of ginger tabby cat Boo

Man's Best Friend - nervous ginger tabby cat Boo by tree

This sets off a chase with Max racing after Boo.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being chased by dog Max

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo running to tree

Eventually Boo runs up a tree. But Max is no ordinary dog and he extends his claws to climb the tree. This startles Boo as well as the boys.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree hissing

Boo scrambles farther up the tree but has nowhere left to go. He turns to face Max.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo at top of tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo hissing in tree

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Of course Boo doesn’t stand much of a chance. The boys watch in shock as Max proceeds to eat Boo. Yes, the dog eats the cat! Then belches. Rudy and Chet blame each other for the event and then hurry away.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being eaten by dog Max in tree

According to the American Humane Association, during the chase scene the cat and dog actors were kept a safe distance apart and were running for treats. In the scene in which Max eats Boo, an obvious fake dog’s head was used. The cat actor climbed through the dog’s mouth and then his trainer pulled him back into the mouth to create the necessary effect. While the cat actor was likely not hurt, it certainly looked awkward and uncomfortable on film!

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being eaten by dog Max in tree

Final Mewsings: Cats give dogs indigestion.


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Premature Burial (1962)

Premature Burial poster

Roger Corman Productions
Starring:
 Ray Milland, Hazel Court
Directed by: Roger Corman

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

Synopsis: Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. Guy Carrell (Ray Milland) is so obsessed with the fear of being buried alive it impacts his whole life.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene Guy is home with his wife Emily (Hazel Court), sister Kate (Heather Angel), Miles Archer (Richard Ney) and Emily’s father Dr. Gault (Alan Napier). Suddenly Miles hears a cat crying out. He becomes concerned and the others start to look for her. They soon realize she is trapped behind the wall. Miles manages to push back a panel and retrieve the fluffy long-haired tabby kitten.

Premature Burial - long-haired tabby kitten being pulled from wall

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding long-haired tabby kitten on shoulder with Miles Richard Ney

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding long-haired tabby kitten on shoulder with Miles Richard Ney

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Miles Richard Ney

All of this has an adverse reaction on Guy who points out the possibility of what would have happened if they hadn’t heard the kitten. This coincides with his fear of being buried alive.

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney and Kate Heather Angel

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney and Kate Heather Angel

Emily continues to hold the kitten throughout the scene in which Miles tries to convince Guy to visit the crypt where Guy believes his father had been buried alive. As they all head down to the crypt, Emily sets the cat aside on a chair.

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court carrying long-haired tabby kitten with Kate Heather Angel

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court carrying long-haired tabby kitten with Kate Heather Angel

Final Mewsings: The walls have ears … and paws and whiskers

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


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