October 1, 2011

Cat's Eye (1985)

"Through the eye of the cat, a twisted tail of macabre suspense from the author of CARRIE, The SHINING and THE DEAD ZONE."

I decided to break my cats into the world of Stephen King gently with the most obviously titled DVD. I don't think they are quite ready for "Sleepwalkers" yet but it's on their list.

They seemed to enjoy some of it.

For those who don't know, there are three stories tied together here by a silver tabby trying to get home.

The first, "Quitters Inc.", had James Woods going to a company with some very radical cures for smoking. None of us really liked that story especially when the tabby ended up getting electric shocks instead of James Woods. The cats know that no matter how much I want to quit smoking, I'm never going to subject any of us to that torture.

The second, "The Ledge", was about Robert Hays having to go all the way around the ledge of a building after losing a bet with a mobster played by Kenneth McMillan. I am terrified of heights so it all worked for me. The cats, however, didn't even perk up until a pigeon appeared.

The third, "The General", starred an uber young Drew Barrymore and had her menaced by some kind of troll who was trying to steal her breath. This was the best story of the three and the silver tabby had a very heroic part. Neither of my cats were really into it though and decided to go to sleep. I think the ending has been changed on the DVD version because I'm pretty sure the VHS tape I used to own had "General" (the cat) actually stealing Drew Barrymore's breath at the end.

Overall "Cat's Eye" was a very amusing and entertaining Stephen King adaptation. The director, Lewis Teague, also directed "Cujo" a couple of years before but we probably won't watch that one. We don't really like movies about dogs.

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