The Uncanny (1977)
Horror anthology time again now – and though this isn’t Amicus, that company’s Milton Subostky is co-producer. In The Uncanny, a writer (Peter Cushing) is discussing his new book with his publisher (Ray Milland). This latest work promotes the concept that cats – ordinary household moggies – are in fact evil.
The writer elaborates on three of his examples. In the first, an elderly widow leaves all of her wealth to her cats in her will. She’s killed by her maid, who’s trying to scupper this plan. The cats then exact a nasty revenge…
In the second segment, an orphan girl goes to live with her mean relatives, her cat being her only companion. The girl and her pet receive some pretty bad treatment, until she uses a book of witchcraft to settle the score.
Finally, Donald Pleasence pops up as a dodgy actor in 1930s Hollywood, who bumps off his wife to install his young mistress in her place. Of course, the cat of the dead ex decides to avenge her death.
All in all, very silly. Household felines being exposed as malicious masterminds, intent on revenge and controlling the human world? Utterly ridiculous, of course. But the film managed to entertain me, despite the dubious premise – largely due to the presence of some fine actors. The Uncanny is worth exploring if this kind of portmanteau tale intrigues you.
Now – must dash, got to feed the cat.