Cats in Film – A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

The 2016 film A Street Cat Named Bob recounts the life of James Bowen as a recovering heroin addict. While trying to wean himself off drugs, James tries to make a go of performing in Covent Garden by playing his guitar for passersby. Not very successful, he lives from hand to mouth until the ginger […]

Cats in Film — Nine Lives (2016)

Nine Lives (2016) is a family film that tells the tale of a billionaire Tom Brand, played by Kevin Spacey, who becomes trapped in the body of a very fluffy cat in order to teach him a lesson of not being a self-absorbed, bad-tempered, bad father. For his daughter’s 11th birthday, Brand buys his daughter […]

Cats in Film — The Cat’s Eye (1985, Stephen King)

Stephen King’s (a well-known cat lover) 1985 comedy horror The Cat’s Eye is comprised of three stories: Quitters Inc., The Ledge and “General”.  The only thing the three stories have in common is a travelling tabby tom cat. The first story, Quitters Inc. opens with the tabby tom trying to escape a gangling St. Bernard.  […]

Cats in Film – Rhubarb (1951, American)

In the 1951 film Rhubarb starring Ray Milland and featuring a very young Leonard Nemoy a millionaire baseball team owner takes a liking to a dog chasing cat†who is named Rhubarb after the slang term for an on field fight or argument.  The eccentric owner then dies and leaves the team to the cat.  His daughter files […]

Cats in Film – Night of a 1,000 Cats (1972)

Not all films, of course, depicted the cat as a loyal companion. The 1972 low budget Mexican film, Night of a 1,000 Cats, also known as Blood Feast, features a serial killer Hugo Stiglitz who feeds the bodies of his victims to caged cats in some sort of demonic ritual.  The cats can be seen […]

Cats in Film — Cat Girl (1957, British-American)

In a somewhat similar vein to the 1942 film Cat People, the 1957 British-American film Cat Girl is based on the same premise of a woman being able to turn into a cat. The main character, Leonora, is unhappily married and suffers from the family curse, that of turning into a leopard. After taking revenge […]

Cats in Film — Cat People (1942, Simone Simon)

In the 1942 film Cat People, the duality of woman and cat plays a central role. Based on the 1930 short story,  The Bagheeta written by Val Lewton and starring Simone Simon, the film tells the story of Irena, a Serbian, who believes that she is the descendant of a line of people who can […]

Cats in Film–The Tomb of Ligeia (1965, Vincent Price)

Early films sometimes based on 19th century novels, featured vicious felines that were latent killers.  The 1965 film The Tomb of Ligeia, based on one of Poe’s short stories, revolves around the main character, Ligeia’s, desire to be immortal.  At the beginning of the film, a black cat jumps on Ligeia’s coffin and Ligeia opens […]

Cats in Film – Miss Paisley’s Cat (1957, Alfred Hitchcock)

Cats in Film-Miss Paisley’s Cat In this Hitchcock film Stanley, the stray cat, gives Miss Paisley the courage to stand up against a vulgar world and commit murder on his behalf.   Originally written in 1953 by Roy Vickers, the story revolves around a lonely spinster’s love for a stray cat, Stanley.  Stanley, the ugly […]

Cats in Film – Shadow of the Cat (1961, British)

SHADOW OF THE CAT In the classic black and white horror film, Shadow of the Cat, Tabitha, the loyal cat, after witnessing her mistress’ brutal murder, plots her cat revenge on the conspirators. Tabitha later literally scares the woman’s husband to death after he tries to convince his niece that the cat and the will […]