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The Shadow of the Cat, a review by GSyren

TitleThe Shadow of the Cat (5-060057-210895)
DirectorJohn Gilling
ActorsAndre Morell, Barbara Shelley, William Lucas, Freda Jackson, Conrad Phillips
Produced1961 in United Kingdom
Runtime75 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital Mono
OverviewThe wealthy Ella Venable (Catherine Lacey) is the victim of a vicious plot conceived  by her husband Walter (Andre Morell), her housekeeper Clara (Freda Jackson)  and her servant Andrew (Andrew Crawford). Andrew beats Ella to death and the  three conspirators bury her body in nearby woods. They then plan to share Ella’s  considerable fortune, but they haven't counted on Ella’s pet Tabatha, who witnessed  both the murder and the burial.  One by one, the cat exacts a terrible revenge on those who conspired ‘to kill her  mistress...
My thoughtsThe Shadow of the Cat is an interesting film, for several reasons. It's a Hammer collaboration that doesn't bear the Hammer name. In a time when most Hammer films were in color and widescreen, this is neither. And despite the title, the cat's shadow plays no part in the intrigue.

Apparently, the intent in the original script by George Baxter was that the actual cat should not be seen, but only its shadow. But director John Gilling didn't like that, so he rewrote the script so the cat was actually shown. I'm not sure this was an improvement, because the cat really doesn't look scary.

The film isn't really a horror story. It's more of an Old Dark House story. So it's a bit of a throwback to Hammer's films before their horror period that started with The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957.

That said, it's not a bad film. It has some great actors, like André Morell, Freda Jackson and Barbara Shelley. It's just not terribly exciting. The story of the film is rather more interesting than the story in the film, if you know what I mean.
My rating

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on July 3rd, 2014)

Member's Reviews

Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody!, a review by Danae Cassandra

Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody!
Year of Release: 2004
Directed By: Richard Goleszowski
Starring: the voices of the great British public
Genre: Comedy, Animation, Television

How do hamsters cope with indigestion? Why do dogs hate wearing Christmas hats? What happens when a partridge is chased out of its pear tree, and why do dogs find Christmas unbearably emotional? Join in the festive fun with our furry friends.

My Thoughts:
This is a short Christmas special from the show Creature Comforts, and it's the only episode of the show I've seen.  This is the third year I've watched this little special, though, so I should probably check out the rest of the show at some point.  I'd recommend it if you like British humor, because I find it really funny, but it is very British.

Bechdel Test: Fail
Mako Mori Test: Fail

Overall: 3.25/5

(From Christmas 2016 on December 24th, 2016)

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My PILOT Marathon, a review by Rich

Futurama - Season 1

Space Pilot 3000

This collection presents the entire first season of Matt Groening's Futurama in all of its absurd, sci-fi glory. After accidentally freezing himself in 1999, pizza delivery boy Fry (voiced by Billy West) wakes up in New York City at the beginning of the 31st century. There he meets the fiesty, one-eyed Leela (voiced by Katey Sagal), the beer-swilling robot Bender (voiced by John Di Maggio), and other strange characters. Together they embark on ridiculous journeys as part of a interplanetary delivery service.

Never going to be a favourite show of mine, but my son is a big fan and probably the target audience in terms of age etc.
Personally I am glad to have now seen the original episode which explains the whole concept, how Fry got there, how he met up with the other characters. It helps make sense of the few random episodes I've seen over the years.
There are a few laughs to be had, but to be honest I was glad this finished so quickly.

(From My PILOT Marathon on September 28th, 2009)