Three horror-thriller tales revolve around a mysterious stray cat which is attempting to find a little girl in trouble. In "Quitters, Inc.": the cat is picked up by a shady New York "doctor" who uses experimental techniques to get people to quit smoking. His latest client is a man named Morrison, who learns he'll suffer some terrible consequences if he tries to cheat. In "The Ledge": the cat is picked up by Cressner, a shady Atlantic City millionaire who forces tennis pro Norris (his wife's lover), to walk a narrow ledge around his high-rise penthouse apartment. In "The General": the cat arrives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where it is found by Amanda, the young girl it has been sent to protect. What she needs protection from is a tiny, evil troll who lives behind the skirting board in her bedroom. Written by
The drawbridge scene in the movie is the Isabel Holmes Bridge located in Wilmington, North Carolina just off of Highway 421 North. The Isabel Holmes Bridge was also used in Stephen King's (1986) film, Maximum Overdrive (1986). See more »
The troll has a sword with a wavy blade. At the end, when the father picks up the tiny sword, the blade is straight. See more »
[after planting Mr. Norris' car with narcotics]
I've set you up, Mr. Norris. In ten minutes, Albert will call the police, and tell them a tale of heroin. 1970 Mustangs. Aging tennis pros with drug records. You'll be eagerly sought after, Mr. Norris.
Unless I tell you where Marcia is.
With you gone, she'd come back. She got nowhere else to go. Now as for you, when you get out of jail, you'll be more concerned with your arthritis than your libido.
See more »
"Cat's Eye" is a well-done anthology of three horror stories scripted by Stephen King, joined together by the presence of an adorable gray tabby. The first tale has James Woods enlisting in a mafia-run quit-smoking program (headed by a deliciously hammy Alan King); the second creates ample suspense as a washed-up tennis pro (Robert Hays) is made to climb alongside a downtown highrise at the whim of a demented gambler (Kenneth McMillan); and the third has our heroic tabby battling a troll that's stealing little Drew Barrymore's breath, in a segment that's actually quite amusing. As the PG-13 rating implies, the usual extremes of King's fiction are toned-down or removed (although there are a few vicious moments, including a briefly-seen severed head), but the film doesn't suffer from it, and actually gives the more lighthearted, humorous elements a chance to shine. Definitely worth a look.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?