The Shadow of the Cat

1961

Horror / Mystery

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IMDb Rating 6.2

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79 min
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Reviewed by kannibalcorpsegrinder 5

Following their relatives&#39; murder, a group of relatives gathered together at her house to read her will find their servants and other guests more concerned with killing the pet cat who had witnessed the incident and must try to find a way of stopping them from doing so.<br/><br/>This one was quite a decent and somewhat enjoyable enough effort. One of the more enjoyable elements here is the fact that this one really goes quite nicely with the traditional style of efforts featuring that old-school film style. Playing on the archetype of the old-dark- house mysteries with the idea of relatives gathered together to read the will of a recently-deceased relative only to find themselves involved in a greater horror while staying there, that one gives this a great ploy for having suspenseful moments due to this type of storyline. From the large grand layout and Gothic design of the house, there&#39;s plenty to like here while this one plays out the rather fun notion of what&#39;s going on as the film&#39;s main focus here on taking on measures to find the cat and silence it which plays out throughout the film. These are quite fun from trapping it within cages and trapping it to chasing it around the house and other means of disposing of it which makes for a rather striking and somewhat fun efforts, while there&#39;s some rather good stuff to be had here with the later revenge tactics to showcase the cat going around the house with them being paranoid about it to the point of rather comical natures of what&#39;s going on here. That in itself is the biggest problem with the film, in that it&#39;s central premise is so ludicrous and laughably played-out here that it really strains itself way too often to the point of the cast themselves pointing out how insane the film&#39;s plot actually is. That&#39;s never a good sign, and it&#39;s helped along by the fact that this one really strains the credibility of the action here with the relatives going for the cat in such contrived and increasingly bizarre ways that it feels somewhat silly to have them play out as they do. The last flaw here is the fact that this one really doesn&#39;t have all that great of a pace here which really stumbles with all the time spent on doing some rather than dealing with the cat as the family squabbles over the money or the group conniving about finding ways to stop the cat which are so stuffy and bland that it doesn&#39;t feature much of any interest during these parts. It&#39;s enough to really make it stumble along during the mid-section when it&#39;s not involved in anything, and these here do hold it down rather significantly.<br/><br/>Today&#39;s Rating/PG: Violence and tense themes of animal abuse.

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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4

SHADOW OF THE CAT is well known as being a &#39;forgotten&#39; Hammer Horror, a movie that was unavailable on home video or DVD for many years until it finally came out last month via a UK DVD release. Having just watched it, I can see why it was &#39;swept under the carpet&#39; so to speak; it turns out to be one of the company&#39;s dullest and silliest affairs.<br/><br/>The basic template of SHADOW OF THE CAT is one of those &#39;old dark house&#39; thrillers, which invariably involves hidden treasure and a bunch of ne&#39;er-do-wells who find themselves at the mercy of a lurking menace. Except the menace in this case is nothing more than a cute cat whose antics in evading the various villains soon becomes tiresome. Andre Morell and Barbara Shelley are the ones mired in this mess, although neither are at their best.<br/><br/>The film as a whole has a twee and childish feel. The plotting is very slim and even John Gilling&#39;s direction can&#39;t do much to lift things. Sure, the crisp black and white photography makes the movie look good and the production values are as decent as you&#39;d expect for a Hammer flick, but that doesn&#39;t help when the story is so, well, inadequate. I ended up clock watching throughout which is very unusual given that Hammer was and is my favourite film studio of all time and that I typically love the grand Hammer Horrors of old.

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Reviewed by Theo Robertson 5

This owes a lot to both Edgar Allan Poe and Hammer Studios . A man murders his wife with the help of his two servants to claim the inheritance quickly realising her cat Tabitha has witnessed the murder and is bent on revenge . It sounds slightly bonkers and it is but Poe in his short story The Black Cat brought a credibility to a macabre story of revenge . THE SHADOW OF THE CAT is much more in keeping with the spirit of Poe compared to the 1930s Universal film starring Karloff and Lugosi which took the title of Poe&#39;s story but absolutely nothing else .Alas SHADOW OF THE CAT is a rather mundane melodrama . Andre Morrell can do no wrong in my opinion and realises what sort of film he&#39;s appearing in and acts accordingly - by hamming things up every chance he gets including a laugh inducing scene where he&#39;s stuck in a cellar and shrieks like a banshee as he fights off an attack by Tabitha . As for the rest of the cast they&#39;re very mundane who have little impact in a film with a cheap feel with a rather uninteresting screenplay featuring a cat on a revenge mission . Maybe they could have got Charles Bronson to play Tabitha ?

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