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1981 (Italy) See more »
They prowl by night...lusting for human flesh! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Wilbur

Ray Milland ... Frank Richards

Joan Greenwood ... Miss Malkin (segment "London 1912")
Roland Culver ... Wallace (segment "London 1912")

Susan Penhaligon ... Janet (segment "London 1912")

Simon Williams ... Michael (segment "London 1912")

Alexandra Stewart ... Mrs. Blake (segment "Quebec Province 1975")

Donald Pilon ... 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")

Donald Pleasence ... Valentine De'ath (segment "Hollywood 1936")

Samantha Eggar ... Edina (segment "Hollywood 1936")

John Vernon ... Pomeroy (segment "Hollywood 1936")

Catherine Bégin ... Madeleine (segment "Hollywood 1936")

Jean LeClerc ... Barrington (segment "Hollywood 1936")
Sean McCann ... Inspector (segment "Hollywood 1936")

Directed by
Denis Héroux 
Writing credits
Michel Parry (screenplay)

Produced by
René Dupont .... producer
Harold Greenberg .... executive producer
Claude Héroux .... producer
Robert A. Kanto .... executive producer (as Robert A Kantor)
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer
Milton Subotsky .... producer
Original Music by
Wilfred Josephs 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman 
Film Editing by
Michel Guay 
Keith Palmer 
Peter Weatherley 
Production Design by
Wolf Kroeger 
Harry Pottle 
Costume Design by
Nicoletta Massone 
Joyce Stoneman 
Makeup Department
Brigitte McCaughry .... makeup artist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
James Brennan .... unit manager
Daniel Hausmann .... unit manager
Claude Léger .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Justice Bouchard .... second unit director (as Justine Bouchard-Heroux)
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Childs .... assistant art director
Stéphane Reichel .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ron Barron .... sound recordist
Jack T. Knight .... sound editor (as Jack Knight)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... re-recording mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer
Ron Seltzer .... sound recordist
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Albrechtsen .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator
Jean-Marie Buquet .... camera operator
Albert Clarke .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Thomas Metzger .... color timer
Music Department
Philip Martell .... conductor
Other crew
Robert Ellis .... title designer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Hollywood 1936" - International (English title) (segment title)
"London 1912" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Quebec Province 1975" - International (English title) (segment title)
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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Norway:15 | UK:18 (TV rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1986)

Did You Know?

The little girl who plays Lucy in the second segment, the story from Quebec, is Katrina Holden Bronson, adopted daughter of Jill Ireland and Charles Bronson.See more »
Continuity: 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?See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable. Nice montage credits, 22 October 2001
Author: bamptonj from Melbourne

In the tradition of the omnibus horror movie, the Uncanny begins with a framing sequence that sees a seemingly eccentric writer (Peter Cushing) petitioning his publisher to consider his most latest manuscript which foretells a feline conspiracy to rule the world.

The first episode relates the story of a sickly Victorian women who chooses not to bequeath her estate to her ungrateful, high-living nephew, but to her beloved family of cats. Her servant girl - in conspiracy with the nephew, her fiance - undertakes her murder, but in an attempt to destroy the remaining copies of the will is - along with her fiance - killed in revenge by the cats.

The second episode sees a girl who - along with her black cat - is sent to live with her Uncle and Aunty after her parents have been killed in a plane crash. She is teased and bullied by her cousin, Lucy, who is both jealous of her father's affection for the new child and her cousin's introverted ways. With help from her cat, the girl is able to dispose of her hated cousin by shrinking her to the size of a mouse. There is literally a game of cat and mouse in rear-projection before the little orphan stamps out Lucy for good.

The third story, which takes place in 30's Hollywood, has Pleasance and Eggar as actors involved in an off-screen affair who do away with Pleasance's wife by replacing a prop saw with an authentic one. The legacy of the deceased wife, however, resides in the ginger cat that inhabits the new couple's home. In revenge for her mistress's murder and also the drowning of her most recent litter - the pet makes sure the two receive the same fate at the studio, this time at her own claws.

The Uncanny is similar to the farce created by "Tales that Witness Madness" in that the framing device relates the seemingly absurd stories of the narrator - here Cushing as the author - which turn out to be perfectly correct. After Cushing leaves, the disbelieving Publisher (Ray Milland) learns the truth of the author's accusations, but is instead impelled by the gaze of his own pet cat to consign Cushing's truthful manuscript to the fire. The Uncanny is very pleasurable, though not as strong on atmosphere as "Tales that Witness Madness" was.

It is interesting also to see Pleasance play such a tongue-in-cheek role and he looks quite different with that cheesy Clark Gable moustache. Also look out for the camera zooming into the promotional picture of Pleasance as Blofeld from You Only Live Twice with the infamous white cat on his lap, as Cushing is about to introduce Pleasance's story.

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