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Uncanny, The

Odd, Anglo-Canadian feline horror portmanteau in which horror novelist Peter Cushing tells three terrible tales of supernatural catty menace to disbelieving publisher Ray Milland. In one: Susan Penhaligon is a maid out to get a slice of her cat-loving ma’am Joan Greenwood’s inheritance by suffocating the old cow, only for the feisty felines to scratch her to death in retaliation. In two: a quiet orphan girl has her revenge on her teasing cousin by shrinking her and getting her cat to do her in, with lashings of appallingly-matched back projection shots. And Cushy’s special prize: Donald Pleasance and Samantha Eggar are ’30s Hollywood actors having an affair and doing the former’s wife in with a non-fake ‘fake’ Pit and the Pendulum film studio prop, only for her ginger tom to have the last miaow. Milland sees Cushing out and burns the script – but did his cat tell him to do so? Or did he just think it was rubbish? And lurking in the production credits, good old Milton Subotsky.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I still can’t believe this was actually released to cinemas. It’s one of those films that begs the question…was everybody drunk?

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