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The Uncanny (1977)

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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.

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Wallace (segment "London 1912")
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Michael (segment "London 1912")
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Mrs. Blake (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
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Angela (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Katrina Holden Bronson ...
Lucy (segment "Quebec Province 1975") (as Katrina Holden)
Renée Girard ...
Mrs. Maitland (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
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Valentine De'ath (segment "Hollywood 1936")
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Edina (segment "Hollywood 1936")
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Pomeroy (segment "Hollywood 1936")
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Madeleine (segment "Hollywood 1936")
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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 Film_Fan

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24 August 1977 (Canada)  »

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"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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Cat Is the Devil in Disguise
6 February 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1977, in Montreal, the scared writer Wilbur Gray (Peter Cushing) visits his publisher Frank Richards (Ray Milland) to disclose his new book about the evilness of cats. Wilbur tells that the felines are supernatural creatures, and that there is a saying in which the cat would be the devil in disguise. Wilbur tells three tales to illustrate his thoughts.

In 1912, in London, Miss Malkin (Joan Greenwood) is a wealthy woman that rewrites her will leaving her fortune to her cats rather than to her nephew Michael (Simon Williams). Her maid Janet (Susan Penhaligon), also mistress of Michael, steals one copy of the will from the lawyer's briefcase and tries to destroy the original copy which is kept in the safe. When Miss Malkin sees her attempt, Janet kills her and the cats revenge Miss Malkin.

In 1975, in the Province of Quebec, the orphan Lucy (Katrina Holden) comes to live with her aunt Mrs. Blake (Alexandra Stewart), her husband and her cuisine Angela (Chloe Frank) after the death of her parents in a plane crash. Lucy brings her only friend, the cat Wellington, but her mean cuisine forces her parents to get rid off Wellington. Lucy uses the witchcraft book of her mother to revenge Wellington.

In 1936, in Hollywood, the actor Valentine Death (Donald Pleasence) replaces the blade of a fake pendulum to kill his wife and also actress and give a chance to his young mistress and aspirant actress. The cat of his wife revenges her.

In spite of having great names, such as Ray Milland, Peter Cushing, Samantha Eggar and Donald Pleasence among others, the lead story of the afraid writer and his publisher is very weak and silly. With regard to the three tales, the first one is too long; the second one is far the best; and the last one is only reasonable. The soundtrack is very repetitive, monotonous and boring. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Maldição dos Gatos" ("The Curse of the Cats")


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