Review: Eye of the Cat
Blu-ray: Eye of the Cat (1969)
Written by Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano and directed by David Lowell Rich, Eye of the Cat stars Michael Sarrazin and Gayle Hunnicutt as Wylie and Kassia: a scheming couple who plan to rob Wylie’s wealthy cat-loving Aunt Danny (Eleanor Parker).
However, their plans begin to unravel when Wylie’s phobia of cats is put to the test in Danny’s feline filled house, also not helped by mistrust and misunderstandings between all involved.
Eye of the Cat is very much a film of its time, with a sixties wardrobe courtesy of legendary costume designer Edith Head, accompanied by a great score by Lalo Schifrin (Dirty Harry).
The dialogue is stilted at times and there are plot holes to ignore, but on the whole it delivers an enjoyably camp horror/mystery/thriller with some great overacted scenes…including my particular favourite involving Aunt Danny in her wheelchair at the top of a very steep San Francisco hill.
Animal lovers may well get upset at a couple of scenes involving the way the cats were treated, but some of the main concerns about this are addressed in the very informative special features.
No real scares, but more than made up for with its high entertainment value, Eye of the Cat is definitely a film to add to your “must watch/buy” list.
- High Definition remaster of the original theatrical cut
- TV version (102 mins): alternative edit containing unique material, presented open matte in Standard Definition
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television, Kevin Lyons (2021)
- Pussies Galore (2021, 21 mins): writer and critic Kim Newman on Eye of the Cat and the feline horror subgenre
- Two Evil Eyes (2021, 38 mins): video comparison examining the differences between the theatrical cut and the TV version
- Original theatrical trailer
- Radio spot
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Kasandra O’Connell, extracts from the original pressbook, an archival interview with Gayle Hunnicutt, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies
Review by Dave from a disc kindly supplied by Powerhouse Films.