August 2, 2015

Blacker Than the Night (1975)


Also known as "Más negro que la noche", this is the quintessential Mexican horror cats movie.

Directed by Carlos Enrique Taboada, the story features four very beautiful but annoyingly ailurophobic women who move into a creepy old house which one of them has inherited from her aunt.

Becker (or "Bequer"), whose fur is "blacker than the night" (hence the title), is an extremely important part of the many strange, bizarre, and often deadly supernatural events which occur.

Remade by Henry Bedwell in 2014.

August 1, 2015

The Hotel!! (2002)

In this Thai supernatural thriller, after the chief of police jokingly asks the hotel ghost to reveal itself, a black cat provides a much needed jump scare by leaping out of nowhere, landing awkwardly in the centre of the dinner table, and of course, hissing.

Making a hasty escape through the hotel room window, the "ghost cat" leaves the puzzled guests and hotel owner to debate how it even got into the room in the first place. There are no trees nearby which it could have climbed and jumped from. Also, none of the hired workers owns a cat.

Having seemingly vanished into thin air, the cat is never seen again and makes no further appearances once it has leapt out of the hotel room window.

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

You simply can't have a visit to a zoo as a weak homage to "Cat People" (and its subtextual predatory warnings) unless you have a lion and a tiger there.

Amusingly, Chris (Spencer Treat Clark) doesn't use the opportunity to add "So are you!" when Nell (Ashley Bell) exclaims "She's beautiful!" about the white Bengal tiger.

Perhaps he's just being tactful. Nell doesn't have a good history with cats due to certain events in "The Last Exorcism" (2010).

July 28, 2015

The Real Story: The Amityville Horror (2009)

A local cat makes a cameo appearance in this entertaining documentary about "The Amityville Horror" which was made for The Real Story TV series.

You can now watch The Real Story: The Amityville Horror on the Smithsonian Channel.

July 20, 2015

Final Remains (2005)


This black cat appears during the opening credits and watches his caregiver get murdered by a serial killer in the cemetery.

(Mike Holley plays a "College Guy", in case you wondered, and is not the real name of the cat.)

Also known as "Mortuary" (but not to be confused with Tobe Hooper's 2005 movie of the same name).

July 13, 2015

The New Daughter (2009)


Marmalade enjoys a first and last meal in his new home before the Mound-Walkers get him.

July 5, 2015

Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive (1992)


After arriving as a Christmas present, Ginger soon realises that something is very wrong in the Williams' house on Hilltop Drive.

Ginger can't wait to escape from the evil supernatural forces even in the bright sunshine. When Carli (Kimberly Cullum) starts divining for hidden graves, Ginger is scared by a sudden wind and seizes the opportunity to take off.

Although Ginger survives this made-for-TV movie, her first kittens are born with gruesome deformities which make them look like lumps of KFC.

June 29, 2015

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)


This ginger cat lounges invitingly on a sofa in the new house. There's clearly no chance of a clichéd jump scare here.

When he isn't petted and is asked a question about the house instead, a disappointed Kitty jumps off the sofa and leaves.

June 18, 2015

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

There are two cats in this movie. Not only does Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith) have a pet cat waiting at home for her, but Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is led to an important clue by the late Federica Bimmel's feline companion.

And no, the answer is not that Frederica was a great big fat person who loved cats. That bit is kind of obvious.