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The Cat Creature (1973)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 11 December 1973
A deceased rich man's collection is the key to solving a string of murder committed by a mysterious black cat

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Robert Bloch (teleplay), Douglas S. Cramer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Meredith Baxter ... Rena Carter
David Hedison ... Prof. Roger Edmonds
Gale Sondergaard ... Hester Black
John Carradine ... The Hotel Clerk
Renne Jarrett ... Sherry Hastings
Keye Luke ... The Thief - Joe Sung
Kent Smith ... Frank Lucas
Stuart Whitman ... Lt. Marco
Milton Parsons ... The Deputy Coroner
Peter Lorre Jr. ... The Pawnbroker
John Abbott ... Dr. Reinhart
Virgil Frye ... Donovan
William Sims William Sims ... Bert
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Storyline

When a rich man dies, some items from a collection of his are stolen- an ancient Egyptian gold amulet and the mummy that was wearing it. The police consult scholars from the local University to help with the investigation, which is taking a more serious turn as people connected with the case are killed by wounds that seem to be from a housecat. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Horror

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The day after shooting wrapped, Gale Sondergaard was called back for some closeups. However, when she arrived on the set in makeup and costume, Charlton Heston entered and presented her with an Academy gold statuette, to replace the plaque she had won for 1936's Anthony Adverse. See more »

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When Hester (Gloria Grahame) is reading the fate of the professor (David Hedison) with Tarot cards, she appears to be using the complete 78-card deck. However, every card she turns up is one of the 22 "face" cards that make up the "Minor Arcana" segment of the Tarot, the most visually dramatic and best known cards. Fate or not, this is almost a statistical impossibility. It would be like dealing 10 face cards in a row from the top of a standard deck of playing cards. See more »

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The Deputy Coroner: One thing more Lieutenant! The bodies of the two victims were almost completely drained of blood!
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Kinda stupid...but fun!
9 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, Frank Lucas (Kent Smith) opens up a mummy case and finds a VERY strange mummy. Its body is human but the head looks like a cat...much like the ancient Egyptian god, Bastet. Soon, the creature comes to life and kills him! Surely this is a tad unusual!

Soon a nice young woman leaves work and on her way home, sees a nice black kitty and takes it home. Little does she know but it's the cat form of that mummy from the beginning of the picture and it soon hypnotizes her and makes her off herself!! This cat is one ungrateful creature, as the woman was trying her best to be kind to the creature...BAD KITTY!!!

You soon learn that the dead woman worked at an occult bookstore run by Hester Black (Gale Sondergaard)...a most unusual old lady! She has just hired a woman (Meredith Baxter with dark hair--according to IMDb, it was a wig) to replace the one who just jumped to her death.

Next, the detective investigating the case (Stuart Whitman) invites an archaeologist (David Hedison) to help him with the first murder. After all, the empty mummy case was there and Lucas was killed while examining the mummy inside. But the archaeologist notices that the mummy is gone and didn't disintegrate...there was no dust nor bandages. Instead, he tells the detective a goofy story about a cat cult that existed up until the 4th century BC and how its followers had the power to turn into cats at will!!! Yeah...okay....the cat cult.

The trail leads the two to Hester's weird occult shop. There they put 2 and 2 together...and realize the dead woman used to work in that shop! So what's next and how will this new shop employee figure into all this? See the film.

There is a lot of dopey religious mumbo-jumbo and the plot is silly when you learn the whole story. HOWEVER, at the same time, it's also highly entertaining...in a kitschy sort of way. So although stupid, some folks enjoy a silly horror film and this one certainly IS silly! Enjoyable and outrageous! The ending had me in stitches!!!!!!! Clearly a case where it's so bad, it's good!

A WORD OF NOTE: In the film is a tiny part played by Peter Lorre Jr. (the pawnbroker). It is important to point out that he is NOT related in any way to Peter Lorre and Lorre in fact sued to force him to stop using this fictitious name. I have no idea what happened to this jerk....but I am glad he apparently just disappeared from films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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