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The Cat and the Canary (1978)

 -  Comedy | Mystery | Horror  -  1979 (UK)
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A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose.

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When an elderly man dies, some of his relatives gather to hear the reading of the will. When it is read by his attorney, the old man lets it be known how much he despised and loathed his worthless kin. As a result, his will is structured in such a way as to set up a dogfight between his potential heirs as to who will collect his fortune. Written by Alfred Jingle

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For God's sake, stay in your rooms and lock the doors!

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El gato y el canario  »

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The film is set on the evening of [Thursday] 27th September 1934, at Glencliff Manor. The time the will had to be read was at midnight on this date. See more »

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After Hendricks is shot fatally three times by Paul, he is still breathing. See more »

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Hendricks: Weapons can be as dangerous as maniacs.
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Version of The Cat Creeps (1930) See more »

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Very suspenseful, fun thriller
9 July 1999 | by (Palatine, IL) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this on video, and let me say it is one of the best thrillers I have ever seen! Its got chills, some laughs, spooky atmosphere, and Pussy Galore! I mean, it has Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. She is wonderfully twisted in this.

The story is rather simple. The relatives of a dead millionaire are called to his mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death. Via 8 mm film, the dead man names his heir to the assembled group. The sole heir must spend the night in the house with the group and be deemed sane the next morning. To add to the jealousy of the losers and the creepy house, the local insane asylum curator drops by to say a homicidal maniac has escaped and is hiding out in the area. All these things add up to a great story and climax. I really liked the clever way the end credits are displayed too. I gave this 9 out of 10. Truly enjoyable.


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