July 13, 2011

Teenage Catgirls in Heat (1997)

"An Egyptian cat goddess in the form of a statuette commands all local felines to surrender one of their nine lives so they can transform into beautiful women to mate with (and terminate) human males, then prepare the way for The Great Litter. A professional cat-tracker and a hitchhiker set out to stop them."

I've really got to stop choosing films to watch based entirely on their somewhat amusing titles. If you couldn't already guess, "Teenage Catgirls in Heat" is a Troma film and, despite being labelled as a horror-comedy, is neither one nor the other.

With terrible overacting and so many puerile cat puns that the initial joke becomes mentally draining, it's not a complete catastrophe but isn't far off. There aren't many films where it rains fake cats but if that's the most memorable part for me then you can imagine how bad the rest is.

Basically, if you fast-forward through the boring scenes with the cat hunters, some of the catgirls are entertaining to watch especially Carrie Vanston as Cleo. Although it's a bit embarrassing to watch young adult women pretending to be cats, occasionally they do it quite well and their mannerisms are very feline. Some thought went into this, apparently, but just not very much or enough.

Of course nobody would ever watch a film with a title like "Teenage Catgirls in Heat" if they expected it to be anything other than trashy sexploitation. The nudity and lamer-than-softcore sex scenes are used far too sparingly though so that makes it even more disappointing.

There aren't even all that many real cats in it although a Bengal tiger's appearance at the end explains where most of the budget went.

As much as "Teenage Catgirls in Heat" tries to be a cult film, it fails to be one so miserably that I just can't recommend it to anyone. Even the most dedicated Troma fans would probably have a hard time getting any enjoyment out of this.

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