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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Richards
Miss Malkin (segment "London 1912")
Roland Culver ...
Wallace (segment "London 1912")
Janet (segment "London 1912")
Michael (segment "London 1912")
Alexandra Stewart ...
Mrs. Blake (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Mr. Blake (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Chloe Franks ...
Angela (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Katrina Holden Bronson ...
Lucy (segment "Quebec Province 1975") (as Katrina Holden)
Renée Girard ...
Mrs. Maitland (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Valentine De'ath (segment "Hollywood 1936")
Edina (segment "Hollywood 1936")
Pomeroy (segment "Hollywood 1936")
Catherine Bégin ...
Madeleine (segment "Hollywood 1936")


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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CAD 800,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


"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 »


Towards the end of the sequence "Quebec Province 1975", when Lucy's witchcraft is about to be discovered, mouse-sized Angela starts begging for her life. She holds her arms over her head, obviously to protect her from getting stepped on. But it is several seconds later that we see Lucy's foot lifting from the floor. See more »


Lucy: Wellington? Wellington? Where are you Wellington?
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References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »

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The Cat's Meow
28 May 2006 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Collection of cat tales that's backed with a load of police and scientific evidence to vouch for their authenticity by Wilber Gray, Peter Cushing, the person who's telling them that proves beyond a doubt that it's actually the members of the feline family or cats, not humans, that are the true masters of the world.

Wanting to get his theory of cat domination published before he himself in done in by the vengeful and destructive felines Gray goes to book publisher Frank Richards, Ray Milland. Gray wants Richards to to put his evidence, in the form of a book, into the stores to warn the public of this very imminent danger before it's too late for mankind to resist the coming cat takeover.

The sorties that Gray tells Richards, backed up with a bulging file of newspaper clippings and police and medical reports, are really not at all that convincing to Richards that has to do with people who crossed cats, or their owners, getting their comeuppances with the kiddies doing a number on them.

The first cat tale has to do with a lousy and good-for-nothing nephew Michael, Simon Williams, who together with his girlfriend Janet, Susan Pehaligon,who works as a maid at his aunts mansion planing to get their hands on his ailing aunts Miss. Malkin, Joan Greenwood, will that she just had re-written, cutting Michael out of it. The underhanded plan goes terribly wrong with Miss. Malkin being murdered by Janet as she caught her trying to steal the will out of her wall safe but has Miss. Milkin's hoard of cats coming to her rescue, even though she was dead. The cats not only keep Janet and her lover Michael form getting their hands on Miss. Milkin's will but kill both of them for murdering as well a trying to rob Miss. Miklin of what was rightfully hers.

The second story that Gray tells Richards is that of young Lucy, Katrina Holden, who lost both her parents in a plane crash. Being adopted by the Blake's, Donald Pilon & Alexandera Stewart, Lucy who brings her pet black cat Wellington along with her. Wellington is immediately set upon by the Blake's bulling daughter Angela, Chole Franks, who really has it in for Wellington since the cat is very suspicious and resentful of her. Angela getting to have her parents, who weren't that fond of the kitten in the first place, to take wellington to the local dog and cat pound to be put to sleep has Lucy uses the powers of Black Magic, that she learned from her dead mom who was a practicing witch, to bring Wellington back to life and in return shrink Angela to about the size of a mouse. The cat back for revenge ends up doing, to the now cut down to size big bully, what he does best, OUCH!

The third and final story that Gray tells Richards has to do with Hollywood horror star Valentine De'ath, Donald Pleasence,who has his actress wife, Renee Girard, accidentally, on purpose, killed during the filming of his latest horror movie. Getting his wife's understudy Adina Hamilton, Samantha Egger,and De'ath's mistress to replace her he get's the late Mrs. De'ath's cat really angry at him. Thats when Mr. De'ath fining that she's just gave birth to a litter of kiddies the murderous lowlife swine flushes them down the drain, or toilet bowl! That inhuman action in the end meant curtains not only to his no-talent actress girlfriend but to himself with the out-of-control kiddie putting the hurt, or finishing touches, on both of them.

Mr. Gray is not alone as he tells Richards his tales of terror about the sinister and clever cats secretive control of the world and their plans to terminate anyone who's in-tuned enough, like himself, to know about it, there's Mr. Richards pet fluffy white cat Sugar listening in on Gray's conversation. Later when he goes home,leaving all his research on the world's cat menace with Richards, Gray is attacked by a pack of alley cats who end up pushing the poor man down a park stairway killing him.

Back home Richards is unknowingly hypnotized by Sugar who has him unconsciously destroy the damning evidence that Gray gave him by putting it in the fire place to keep the house warm. With that the secret that Gray took so long, in his exhausted research of feline supremacy over the world as well as the human race, to find out went up in smoke.

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