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on 15 October 2002
This is a movie split into 3 separate stories each linked by the titular Cat. The first story involves a man who wishes to quit smoking and is directed to a place to help him by his friend. They will go to any lengths to 'help' you quit including bringing in your wife for some shock therapy! The second and best story involves a perilous walk around the edge of a high rise building. The story is very bizarre but compelling viewing as the title character is attacked by Hitchcock style birds along the way making the perilous journey even more nerve jangling. The third story involves a small troll-like creature that lives in a young Drew Barrymore's wall and comes out when she is alone in the room. Surprisingly suspenseful, this 3rd is arguably the weakest but nonetheless is solid entertainment. Overall, the word here is bizarre, but then some King films, such as 'Thinner' do have a seriously bizarre edge to them and this is a valid inclusion in any King fan's repertoire. Well worth a purchase, 4 out of 5!
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on 9 July 2014
I'd class this classic as an american-style version of a cross between 'the twilight zone' and a hammer/vipco/amicus style thriller. Released in 1984, when 'horror/anthology stories'...especially U.S. ones, for me personally was in its prime. When i first saw this as a 7yr-old, i was drawn to it immediately. As a cat lover for starters, stephen king interlinks 3 stories of people from different backgrounds. Robert Hays-aka (Airplane's), James Woods, and Drew Barrymore, who looks like she's just walked from the E.T. set to Cat's Eye set lol... Each story features in key parts a very clever striped-bengal cat, that either makes sure the baddies get their just desserts, or helps save your life, albeit from gangsters or 5inch demons living in a childs scurting-board in her bedroom trying to steel their souls via their breath. A great film, full of nostalgia from that era, one to never tire of, and fantastic performances from all the cast/crew, with the added bonus of a backdrop soundtrack/incidental music 'back to the future-style' by the great Alan Silvestri. You'll not help but think of back to the future in some scenes when the music kicks in, same as in predator. Enjoy....
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The film consists of three stories linked together by a cat as he survives in the big city on a quest to find a little girl who is in danger.

As he searches, the cat has minor input in the first two stories. The first story sees an addictive smoker (James Woods) forced to find a cure for his habit or see his wife face the consequence. Safe and quirky segment backed up by the always watchable Woods on form. The second, and weakest segment, has a wife's lover (Robert Hays) forced by her jealous husband to play a deadly game on the ledge of a tall building. The rewards for survival are obvious, as is the downside. Can he turn the tables you wonder? It's with the final segment that Cat's Eye lifts itself out of mediocrity with a terrifying tale of a child under threat from a troll like demon who intends to steal her breath. Called "The General" {the cat's name given by Drew Barrymore's under threat child} it plays on some very basic fears and fables to really gnaw away at the senses.

Also notable for lots of King spot the reference points, Lewis Teague's film {King doing the screenplay obviously} arguably deserves a better standing in the horror pantheon than it actually has. It's true the first two stories barely raise a chill or even a giggle, and Alan Silvestri's score is horrendous and nearly ruins "The General" at its crucial cat/troll face off. While the effects now look tired and show up to be shoddy on new era technology TVs. But it's still an entertaining film with a pretty neat cast, and of course it gave the 80s one of its best and scariest creatures. 7/10
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on 17 May 2015
Cat's Eye (1985) is an early film Mum took me to with my brothers on its UK release date. It was back in the 1980s, the Odeon, when the lady used to bring the ice creams around in a basket and, ironically to this anthology, smoking was still allowed. The film is directed by Lewis Teague (Cujo), written by Stephen King (screenplay and stories), and produced by Dino De Laurentiis (Firestarter, Silver Bullet). This anthology features three tales bound by a wraparound story, which tracks the journey of an alley cat. Each tale is seen through the eyes of the cat.

The Cat
Stalking the streets, the alley cat is chased by a St Bernard and then almost run over by a red 1958 Plymouth Fury. He escapes by hiding in a delivery truck and is taken to New York City. Here he hears the voice of a young girl crying for help, but is suddenly trapped and taken by an employee of Quitters, Inc.

Tale One: Quitters, Inc.
Dick Morrison is a chain smoker who is desperately trying to kick the habit and is told by a friend about a new company called Quitters, Inc., who have a failsafe way of helping their clients give up. However, the deal is, if Morrison ever smokes again, bad things will happen to his wife and daughter. Dr Donatti demonstrates one of the punishments on the tom cat. Can Morrison quit the habit or will Quitters, Inc. spell the end for him?

Tale Two: The Ledge
The cat has escaped Quitters, Inc. and heads to Atlantic City. Here, tennis player and gambling junky, Johnny Norris, is having an affair with the wife of a local mob boss and casino owner, Cressner. The latter offers him the ultimate wager: if Norris can circumambulate the ledge of his high rise building without falling he will divorce his wife. But Cressner doesn't believe in playing fair.

Tale Three: General
The tom cat hops a freight train to Wilmington, where he is adopted by a young girl, Amada. She asks her parents if General can sleep in her room, but they are wary of the cat. Unkown to them, a small and evil troll has set up home in her room and wishes to take her breath away as she sleeps. Can General save Amada's life and become part of the family?

Trivia
*Quitters, Inc. originally appeared in Night Shift (1978)
*The Ledge originally appeared in the July, 1976 edition of Penthouse; it was later collected in Night Shift
*General is original to Cat's Eye
*The 1958 Plymouth Fury in the prologue is a reference to Christine
*The old St Bernard in the prologue is a reference to Cujo
*In Quitters, Inc. Morrison is watching The Dead Zone
*In General, Amanda's mum is reading Pet Sematary
*In The Ledge, Cressner is reading the actual 1976 issue of Penthouse that the story appeared in
*Stephen King's short story, Sometimes They Come Back, was originally supposed to be a segment, but Dino De Laurentiis decided it was strong enough to be a feature film

Cast
Drew Barrymore - Disembodied Girl's Voice, Amanda, Morrison's Daughter
James Woods - Dick Morrison
Alan King - Dr Vinny Donatti
Kenneth McMillan - Cressner
Robert Hays - Johnny Norris
Candy Clark - Sally Ann
James Naugton - Hugh
James Rebhorn - Drunk Businessman
Charles S Dutton - Dom
Mike Starr - Ducky
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on 11 March 2005
Three short films in one long film tied up by the perigrination of a cat looking for the girl who is going to adopt it as a pet. The cat will find the girl. The first adventure reveals the obsession of smoking in a society that considers that activity as a quasi-crime. Some people are ready to do anything to quit and the society is also ready to do anything to force the reluctant candidates to quitting to quit. The procedure is to punish the people the smoker loves to make him - in this film it is only men that are concerned, and we do have to question why - quit and stick to his decision. This reveals a society that has privatized such a mission and this mission becomes criminal in its own way, even if the ethical aim is to be considered. To torture innocent people may be effective but it is unethical in all possible ways. The second adventure has to do with betting among high life criminals : the rich who make their dough from all kinds of illegal activities, such as drugs. And what happens when the stake of the bet is the wife of one crook ? Criminal challenges, murder and vengeance. Breath taking and unbearable for people who suffer of vertigo. Funny too in the reversal of the situation from one vengeance to the next. The third story is more humane and dark at the same time. Cats are nice pets but here a mother has a fixation against such an animal and is ready to do anything to get rid of it. But cats are obstinate and children, here a girl, are also very powerfully determined to get their ways. The « Kobold » is absolutely charming in its evilness though I prefer the good « Kobolds » I have met so often in germanic traditions. But its end is definitely Dante-like. There must be a special hell for these vicious and obnoxious beings that only want to hurt and wound if not even kill poor little defenseless children. But cats are definitely not defenseless, far from it. Careful with children : to watch such a film might give them nightmares with many boogeymen in them.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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on 11 May 2012
There's something about Cat's Eye, because this movie really could have fallen off the radar. Here we have 3 stories intertwined from the inkpen of Stephen King.

The first story stars the excellent James Woods and will be throughly appealing to persons who have just quit smoking!

The second is not for people scared of heights, this is probably the strongest of the stories.

The third is more of a heart warming family pic, involving a cat, a troll and Drew Barrymore. It's probably the weakest, though does have a decent climax.

Cat's Eye is a good horror anthology that has stayed the test of time.
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on 28 December 2015
I first watched Cat's Eye as a youngster on TV a couple of years after the picture's release. It's one of few movies that has never left me.
All of the 3 stories are unique but my favourite is 'The Ledge' followed by 'Quitters Inc.' The final story 'The General' is my least favourite of the trio but nevertheless it's still compelling and fits in well as the closing story.
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on 20 December 2012
This is a brilliant Steven king film, I remember first watching this in the 80s, that cat was a genius played part in the film, it must of took ages to train a cat to do what it did, the thing is no one really knows what the cat was called in real life and isn't mentioned in the credits so I heard, that drew Barrymore was cute when younger, shame she turned into a coke addict when older or whatever she was taking. I'd say if you want to quit smoking this film should help, that first part is scary as hell! Overall very good budget film.
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on 9 December 2014
A bit dated looking now, but still worth a watch. Three segment film, the first two being based on short stories in Stephen King's first anthology (Night Shift). The last film segment is a bit weak, and the way all three are linked together as being seen through the cat's eye is also weak.

However, the first two stories are excellent and have been transferred to the screen without losing much of the original.
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on 16 June 2015
Cat's Eye is an amazing portmanteau film with segments by the largest horror directors of the time. Funny, chilling and smart, Cat's Eye is entertainment for entertainment's sake - and jolly good it is too !
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