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The Cat with Hands (2001)

The dark, surreal story of a cat who wants to be human.

Director:

Robert Morgan

Writer:

Robert Morgan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Livy Armstrong Livy Armstrong ... Old Man
Daniel Hogwood-Kane Daniel Hogwood-Kane ... Young Man (as Daniel Hogwood)
Victoria Hayes Victoria Hayes ... Boy
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Storyline

Legend has it, that deep in a foul stone-walled well resides a vile feline being, which instead of paws, has human hands for stealing body parts from unsuspecting passersby. With this in mind, a weary old man leads an enigmatic young stranger deep in the rude and undisturbed woods to witness firsthand the otherworldly creature. Could this ghastly old folk tale be true after all? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

The Cat with Hands See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Halo Productions Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The story's ghoulish concept has its origins from a recurring nightmare the director's sister used to have when she was young. See more »

Quotes

Old Man: Last night as I slumbered I had a strange dream, / One that seemed to bring distant friends near. / I dreamt of the faces of people I loved, / And I awoke with an 'eart full of cheer.
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Connections

Edited from The Cat with Hands: Pilot Version (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Miner's Dream
Written by Will Godwin and Leo Dryden
Published by Francis Day & Hunter Ltd.
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A+ short, terrifying, unnerving, and clever
26 November 2015 | by cakesanimations-38940See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Robert Morgan, and he succeeds to impress with this short film. The unnerving and downright strange nature of the entire film puts the viewer in a weird and vulnerable mood, establishing the atmosphere perfectly for what is to come. Morgan is a master of nightmarish stop motion flicks and in The Cat With Hands you'll see plenty of said technique. The human, live-action clips are almost unnecessary (I almost like the Pilot version better), but they do a good job in rooting the story in reality, giving it a bit of a background and meaning, and they do a very good job at showing the contrast of real life to the nightmarish land that depicts the cautionary tale in action. There's something extremely unsettling about Morgan's work and in this film it delivers full force, which is why I enjoy his work so much. He doesn't use cheap jump scares and throw things at the viewer with loud sounds to establish "horror" (which I would argue isn't even horror at all), instead he creeps you out to a breaking point where you're mind is messed up for the rest of the day thinking about what you just watched, and I love it.


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