Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.
Wilbur Gray visits Frank Richards so he can get his book published. This book Gray has written are about cats. Cats watching everyone and controlling everything. He mentions the stories in the book are all true, and gives three examples. The first involves the murder of a cat-loving old woman who gives her entire fortune in her will to her cats. Not everyone is happy about the wills, but would have to get past the cats to get the the will. The second story is a tale of black magic between two girls and the third story is a tale of murderous revenge... by a cat. Written by
"The Uncanny" is the fifth Milton Subotsky film in which a character has the name "Maitland" ("Mrs. Maitland" played by Renee Girard). The others are "And Now The Screaming Starts" (1973) in which Guy Rolfe plays "Maitland;" "Tales From the Crypt" (1972) in which Ian Hendry plays "Carl Maitland;" "The Skull" (1965) which top-bills Peter Cushing as "Dr. Christopher Maitland;" and the earliest, "City of the Dead" (aka "Horror Hotel," 1960) in which Tom Naylor plays "Bill Maitland." See more »
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No need to summarize the plot due to the extraordinary number of reviews on IMDb that explain every nuance with nary a 'spoiler warning' in sight. Then again, if you watch it you'll see every twist years in advance so I guess it doesn't matter. The Uncanny doesn't work on the scary level it's supposed to (unless you have some sort of rampant phobia about cats) but it definitely works on a laugh-out-loud "Oh, come on!" level. The interesting thing about the three stories is that cats are presented as instruments of evil when it's actually the humans that are the real antagonists. We were cheering whenever some greedy rotter met their fate at the fangs of a vengeful moggie! The inadvertent message appears to be that if cats really were secret 'World Police' then no evil deed would go unpunished. Given that their price appears to be nothing more than a steady supply of cuddles and bowls of milk they could be a great replacement for the UN peacekeeping forces...
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