It's a portrayal which also forms the basis of films such as 's The Shadow Of The Cat , in which a murdered heiress' tabby cat, Tabitha, witnesses the conspiracy between her crooked husband and butler and torments them into a tizzy. His ravings about cats being the real masters and humans their pawns will be familiar to anyone who has ever had to look after one for someone else.
Of course, not all conscientious cats are working for good. In The Voices , factory worker Jerry Ryan Reynolds is caught in the midst of a battle for his very soul, between his good boy dog Bosco and his spiteful Glaswegian cat Mr. Whiskers both voiced by Reynolds. Given the collection of heads he builds in his fridge, it's fair to say the foul mouthed feline wins that particular battle.
In an unexpected crossover between the possessed breed and the more conscientious kind of cat, there's a strong basis in cinema for wronged women to be reincarnated in feline form. A key text here is 's Kuroneko , whose title roughly translates as The Black Cat , again which opens with an unforgettably grim sequence of a mother and her daughter-in-law being raped and murdered by soldiers. The two women are somehow awoken by a black cat, and they embark upon a mission of revenge.
This film inspired Batman Returns ' take on Catwoman, which was ripped off in turn by a real horror, 's Catwoman , starring Halle Berry. Going back to Poe adaptations, the Vincent Price vehicle The Tomb Of Ligeia gives us a cat who comes back to torment her widower's new wife, but it's definitely the aggressor rather than the avenger here. And bringing the widow reincarnation trope right up to date, a cat who may or may not be the main character's late mother in a new form plays a pivotal role in 's A Girl Walks Home At Night , which leads us nicely to The cat proves instrumental to the story in Ana Lily Amirpour's Iranian vampire noir from beginning to end, passing from Arash Arash Marandi to his drug-addled father Hossein Marshall Manesh to the titular Girl Sheila Vand and it's when she's with the latter that we see the time-honoured ability of cats to detect when something is not what it ought to be.
This extends beyond horror cinema to the point where even 's Ghost subverts it, by having Demi Moore's cat be able to sense a late Patrick Swayze and help him to protect his living girlfriend by warding off his murderer. The trope also got a digital update in The Matrix , when the deja vu of seeing two black cats is a sign that 'they've changed something' - more of an evil alarm, than anything else. The sequels would have a forgettable brush with the Matrix's equivalent of vampires, werewolves and ghosts, but the horror aspect is decidedly underplayed.
It also formed the basis of a screenplay by Stephen King him again! The cat-like vampires of that film, Charles and Mary Brady Brian Krause and Alice Krige can only be detected and harmed by regular cats, making it into werecats versus regular cats. The police deputy's cat Clovis proves to be the real hero here, loyally defending humanity and scratching up the Bradys 'till they combust. After all these evil cats, what can we say? Game recognise game. Sometimes, a cat is just a pet, but even so, pets in horror are unlikely to be just cats.
For example, that cat may have the voice of Keith David, as in the superb family friendly chiller Coraline , where The Cat serves as the heroine's sarcastic guide to the Other World.
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Still, they can be just as faithful to the baddies too, as in the case of the witch's familiar. Dario Argento's Inferno has one of the leads get attacked by cats, after earlier establishing that one of the film's witches brings her cat to college with her. The trope also gets a more endearing airing in Hellboy, where the big red lug has several pet cats and saves a whole box of kittens during a dust-up with a hellhound on a subway platform. But arguably the most famous pet cat in cinema is Jones from Alien , the only other survivor of the Nostromo.
The ship's mouser is nothing but trouble for the human crew, getting them to chase him into the path of the xenomorph with fatal consequences for Brett Harry Dean Stanton and major inconvenience for Ripley Sigourney Weaver. Jones seems unaffected by this, as film writer and cat enthusiast Anne Bilson expanded upon in her short story My Day By Jonesy , rewriting the film from his cool perspective, which is well worth seeking out. In the movies, he's last seen in Aliens , when Ripley leaves him behind on Earth as she goes on another dangerous expedition. Without a cat to chase after, she winds up adopting a Newt instead.
You're in a dark room. That being said, it still filled in some blanks from the first film, and did a better job of expanding the mythos than all three of Lucas' prequel films. Most of the sequels ignore everything that came before, and the continuity doesn't make any sense. It doesn't matter, however, as long as the movies deliver what the title suggests: a massacre in Texas involving chainsaws.
In , the series was rebooted, but the result wasn't great. While the film added some interesting aspects to the Leatherface mythos, it was overly produced and poorly written. It expanded on the elements from the remake that worked like the sheriff , while maintaining the classic feel of the series.
Critics hated it, but that's most likely more to due with the title than the movie itself.
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