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The Night of a Thousand Cats (1972)

La noche de los mil gatos (original title)
R | | Horror | November 1974 (USA)
Millionaire playboy Hugo (whose lack of facial expressions give him the appearance of a Thundercat marionette) flies around Acapulco in his private helicopter to pick up sexy young women. ... See full summary »


René Cardona Jr.


René Cardona Jr., Mario A. Zacarías (as Mario Marzac)

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Cast overview:
Anjanette Comer ... Cathy
Hugo Stiglitz ... Hugo
Zulma Faiad ... Dancer
Christa Linder ... Christa
Tere Velázquez ... Woman Who Shoots Doves
Barbara Angely Barbara Angely ... Barbara
Gerardo Zepeda ... Dorgo
Jorge Russek ... Husband
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John Kelly John Kelly ... Stranded doctor
Marcelo Villamil Marcelo Villamil ... Dancer's lover


Millionaire playboy Hugo (whose lack of facial expressions give him the appearance of a Thundercat marionette) flies around Acapulco in his private helicopter to pick up sexy young women. He whisks them away to his secluded old castle, where he wines and dines them (among other things, *wink*). With the aid of his bald mute little helper Gorgo, he kills his dates, keeping their heads in a crystal cage and feeding their chopped up body parts to his 1,000-strong army of blood thirty, flesh hungry cats. Written by Brian Patrick

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When The Cats Are Hungry... Run For Your Lives! See more »




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Release Date:

November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of a 1000 Cats See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Avant Films S.A. See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 67039 delivered on 2 September 1975. See more »


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Decent mexican horror
30 September 2002 | by tilapiaSee all my reviews

Night of a 1000 Cats was not the masterpiece of Mexican exploitation I expected it to be, but is still a solid little gem of low budget filmmaking. Hey, René Cardona Jr. is directing it, and Hugo Stiglitz plays the lead, and thats all I needed anyway. As usual Hunky Hugo plays a rich playboy womanizer, but in this film he is a little more psycho than usual. He lures women to his old gothic mansion, makes sweet love and kills them. He feeds his hungry cats with their bodies, but preserves their heads and adds them to his "collection". No reason is given for Hugo's deviant behavior and his "minimal face expression" approach to acting certanly isn't helping us understand the character. We do get ordinary "I want you to stay with me forever. FOREVER" -clichés thrown in our faces, but they don't make much sense since Hugo seems to be a well-adjusted fellow with no social problems. The other problem I had with "1000 Cats" is the same one that another commentator pointed out: it's very hard to separate Hugo's women, since they all look pretty much alike and all share the same (minimal) personality. The film's constantly moves in and out of flashback, which only adds to the confusion. So, here we have an underwritten, underplayed (but hunky!) character killing what seems like the same woman over and over again. The characters in the film just doesn't work, (except for Hugo's mute butler Dorgo, the mad monk. Right on!). The film could have been slightly faster paced too.

So, what DOES work?

First of all, this is a René Cardona Jr.-flick and it is my firm belief that everyone of his films are worth watching, at least once. His films always have a certain "feel" to them, that I can't explain but enjoy very much. They all have that little extra something that seperates them from similiar (some say identical, but what do they know?) films. Although low budget productions, he always manages to squeeze the best out of his pesetas and present a good looking, well edited and charmy product that delivers the goods, whatever they might be. "1000 Cats" is no exception. In many aspects, it's not what it shows, but what it doesn't show that makes it work. Sure the characters are flat, and the story doesn't make sense, but at least it's everybody and everything is nice to look at, fairly fast paced, well crafted and directed. Just imagine how awful it COULD have been if none of those components would have been there.

Maybe I'm in a forgiving mode, but:


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