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Shadow of the Cat

1961 1h 19m Horror List
Reviews 47% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A black cat avenges its slain mistress with mayhem seen from the cat's point of view. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Kimberly Pierce Ticklish Business A film like The Shadow of the Cat depends on your perspective going in... I cant tell you if what I picked up from The Shadow of the Cat is what director John Gilling would have wanted, but I had an absolute blast watching this movie and you should too. Rated: 3.5/5 May 1, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Highly imaginative and highly satisfying. Rated: 3/4 Aug 31, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Absurdly amusing. Rated: B Aug 18, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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William R. P It's a tabby ...................................The cat's name is Tabitha, the tabby cat, not black Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/08/23 Full Review Ken R Shadow Of The Cat - Is it the Eyes or the Shadow...? This is such a curious work. Its producer Jon Pennington seemed to be attracted to unusual themes, the year before he made "Faces in the Dark" another story with a haunting ironic final outcome. He also seems to have been fond of working with the much exiled political activist and great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis ~ an unusual choice for both movies. In fact, if you took the exciting Theodorakis score out of 'Cat'...with its eerie grinding base and shrill stings (perfectly bringing to mind the quick movements of a panicked cat) this film would lose much of its considerable atmosphere. The pounding (near symphonic) main title, played over the image of an old dark country manor at the turn of the century sounds reminiscent of a ghostly steam locomotive, this makes the setting appear doubly creepy and hammers home the seriousness of the nasty crime that's just been committed. People rave about the directorial touches but director John Gilling, while he does a most capable job, had such superb assistance from several important professionals...Veteran director of photography: Arthur Grant ('Quartermas and the Pit '67) works wonders with stark, super sharp B/W images in various difficult indoor situations as well as wide-open spaces. The remarkable look of the indoor settings were stylishly created by two hard-working gents, Art Director: Don Mingaye ('Phantom of the Opera' 61) and Production Designer: Bernard Robinson who, also in '61, is known for the super atmospheric 'Scream of Fear'. The editor: John Pomeroy (who has also been known to direct) cuts tricky scenes together with much flourish. Then there's veteran sound recordist: Ken Cameron capturing all the verbal dramatics and atmos. Writer, American born George Baxt weaves individual nuances into each of his greed-driven characters - who just seem to keep coming out of the rotting woodwork. This is an A1 team at work behind the camera. In retrospect, it might perhaps be a pity that director Gilling decided to change Baxt's original script, where the cat was intended to be seen only in 'shadow' (a form of psychological metaphor). Then again, others will argue there are some fine shots of this impressive feline used to good advantage, so maybe it's not easy to decide what may have been better (although I like Baxt's thoughts) Some Cat lovers will be delighted, others won't be overly impressed. Some won't buy the idea of a cat causing such panic, but this bunch of characters are murderers under close investigation, living on their guilt-ridden nerves in an era where superstition was rife. They are also struggling with a haunted 'collective' conscience. The entire cast are rather amazing at what they have to convey, such a gathering of stalwart British ensemble players. Any lesser performers may not have been convincing within some of the more difficult to grasp situations. It seems this was originally intended as a Hammer Studios film but I've found some of the smaller Hammer productions can at times look a little cheap. The quality production values of this film suggest that Independent producer Jon Pennington may have invested his own larger budget for this odd little work. Two years ago my sister purchased a DVD of 'S.O.T.Cat' from a seller in the UK who claimed his was the only DVD available. It had annoying permanently 'burnt into the image' subtitles! At last, we can now get this new Final Cut release DVD, that features one of the best 'Stills Gallery' extras I've ever seen --sections of the full original music score are synchronized to wonderfully edited images from the feature-- Congratulations Final Cut for this rare quality product. Look for it while you can! While it won't please everyone, those who view it as a product of its day, and within the limits of its well-used budget, could be pleasantly surprised ... Anyone seen Tabitha? Purrrr... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/20/21 Full Review ogn d "A black cat avenges its slain mistress with mayhem seen from the cat's point of view." It's not black. I will at least watch the movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked the premise of this story, but I cannot truly enjoy any movie in which animals are exploited and abused. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Don't miss this - movie shown from the cat's eyesight and point of view! And yes, I'm easily impressed when it comes to kats... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Proof positive of the evil of cats. OK, actually the cat is kind of cute and only takes revenge on the bad guys. Not as scary as it could be, but at least more original than many Hammer monster films of the era. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A black cat avenges its slain mistress with mayhem seen from the cat's point of view.
Director
John Gilling
Producer
Jon Penington
Screenwriter
George Baxt
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 19m
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