This starts off really well. Peter Cushing is convinced that cats are evil and want to take over the world, and tries to convince publisher Ray Milland to issue his book that "proves" his case. He cites three stories to this effect and before we know it, yes, we're in anthology horror movie territory once again.
And what a cosy place it is to be, particularly in the company of the aforementioned Cushing and Milland, as well as such favourites as Joan Greenwood, Susan Penhaligon, Simon Williams and the late, great Donald "where's me trousers?" Pleasence.
Milton Subotsky's name is on the credits of this one, so you know what to expect. We get the fatal inheritance story, the demonic child story and the "funny" story, all mounted handsomely enough but falling far short of the heights scaled by "From Beyond The Grave", Subotsky's greatest excursion into this territory. The conceit that it's cats behind all the mischief lends the proceedings an agreeable "Treehouse of Horror" feel and, viewed from the 21st century, one almost expects Mark Gatiss to step into frame polishing his monocle. But, good as most of the ingredients are, the recipe doesn't really come off here. Peter Cushing is confined to the framing story and, although he lends proceedings his usual gravitas and credibility, he's sorely missed from the stories themselves which, despite some memorable moments, never really imprint themselves on the viewer. See it in the right mood, though, and it'll take you back to summer Saturday night horror double bills on BBC2 and probably end up costing you a fortune on Amazon as you seek out "Zoltan, Hound of Dracula", "The Crazies" and the complete works of Val Lewton.