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I haven't watched this in a while, but I really enjoyed it. The stories are engaging, and it doesn't overstay its welcome. My favorite story is the one with Alan King and James Woods. Although I despise Woods as a person, he's a terrific actor, turning in excellent work in films like Videodrome and Casino, and it's a shame he has made himself a pariah in the industry.
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We have an early favorite for best subset choice. Finished 2/3rd's of it so far and it's been good. It's interesting how much better the acting is years ago compared to nowadays for horror. I'm not always a big King fan, but short stories from King in movie form keep the viewer engaged. The characters are engaging, story flows, and there's horror elements that keep your eyes glued wondering what will happen next. I really only know of James Woods because of Family Guy, but he stole the scenes in his part.
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Id never seen Cats Eye before but always assumed I had. Like the others I really enjoyed it. Cats, being evil as they are and with their eerie nimble way of veing everywhere at once make a clever framing device.
The despicable James Woods segment was a good one and had a lot of maybe too on the nose commentary about addiction.hurting loved ones. The Quitters Inc actors balanced menacing and mentoring well.
I loved the goblin fighting cat scene, what a surreal mix of far out humor and horror.
A lot of the segments felt like they could have been fleshed out longer (bring on a standalone Goblin vs cat movie, that stuff is pure cinema).
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Re: "Cat's Eye" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

This is probably in the big three of horror movies that slightly traumatized me as a kid, though this was the slightest. For those wondering, the other two are Cujo and Creepshow. Anyway, Cat's Eye showed up all the time on cable back in the day, which is why I frequently ran into it. The first segment was always the one I didn't like to see. The electrocution room freaked me out. Of course, this is also the segment I find most effective as an adult.

The funny thing is that the first segment always bothered me so much that I didn't see the second story too often. I'd turn the channel and come back later when I knew the first story was over. Consequently, the second story felt more fresh and a nice little distraction. The third story is just fun. It's a classic children's fantasy come to life. The one thing that bothered me was the girl during the cat fight. I kept thinking that the least she could do was throw in her pillow at the troll or something.

I seriously doubt I would have revisited this if it hadn't been a subset selection. I definitely don't think I would have bought the UHD, but I'm really glad I did. I thought the disc looked good, and the movie was much better than my memory of it.
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Originally Posted by Undeadcow
Id never seen Cats Eye before but always assumed I had.
This was going to be exactly my first sentence.

So having not seen this before, it was all fresh to me. The opening sequence between the cat and the dog is amazing. Hell, the cat is a better actor than a lot of the humans I have been watching lately. Some amazing real life animal action throughout this film and it was refreshing to see. I kept thinking to myself, if this were made today, all the animals in this would be CG, would look like shit, and would take me completely out of the movie. The pigeon pecking at the guy's feet constantly in the second story was cracking me up.

I thought all the stories were quite tame but still effective and perfect for any parent to being to watch with their kids and both enjoy it.

The first story was my least favorite but was still enjoyable. I enjoyed the second story a lot because I really couldn't predict how it was all going to fall out. I certainly didn't expect the beheaded wife! And the last story was just a lot of fun. Great practical make-up effects on the gnome. I was practically cheering for the cat to eat that sneaky little sonovabitch. And all the various Stephen King references were fun to spot.

Quite enjoyable but nothing Earth shattering. My rating: *** out of *****

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Man, I really love this anthology. I grew up watching this on HBO. Between this and Creepshow, I must have seen these ten times each over the years. Nice homage to Cujo and Christine. I love Alan King, and 80s James Woods. ‘You will never see all of them, all of the time’. That first segment is such a strong and funny story.
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Cats Eye is one of those unusual anthologies where the stories are progressively worse. Usually the best story is saved for last, but I think the first story is the best one. I love James Woods. Everyone should have a right to voice their opinion and more often than not he is right about hollywood.
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I remember many years ago starting this and making it about three minutes before turning it off. I assumed the cat was gonna be toast and Iím overly sensitive to animals in movies.
Well Iím a moron since I watched it last year for the first time and really enjoyed it. I was happy to watch it again.
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I was fortunate to see this at the drive-in in 1985, one week after my 7th birthday. I've re-visited it quite a few times over the years, and it has become one of my favorite Stephen King movies. Although I like Creepshow better overall, Cat's Eye is the more solid movie, with every segment working. "Quitters Inc" is probably the most faithful adaptation of one of King's stories, it's got perfect escalating plot and humor of the short story captured perfectly.

It wasn't until years later that I realized Drew Barrymore also plays James Wood's daughter in the first segment. In the short story, the child is mentally challenged (the protagonist actually refers to them as "half a child"), but in the movie she seems very high functioning, so I'm not sure why James Woods and his wife felt they had to send her away to a residential school, where they only visit once in a blue moon, bringing Cabbage Patch Dolls to assuage their guilt.

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I kept thinking to myself, if this were made today, all the animals in this would be CG, would look like shit, and would take me completely out of the movie.
I'm always impressed by the slow-motion shot of the cat running across the highway while the two vehicles crash behind it. I'm not sure if it's a composite, or the cat is running against a rear-screen projection, but it looks flawless to me.

My favorite King reference in the movie is a subtle one; the prominently displayed copy of Penthouse in "The Ledge" segment, as Penthouse is the magazine the story originally appeared in.

I really love the character actor who plays the gangster husband in that segment. He was in a few movies during that time period, including Lynch's Dune as the Baron. He passed away only a few years after Cat's Eye. I would loved to have seen him brighten up more films.

I recall reading years ago in a late 80s early 90s book called something like Stephen King Goes To Hollywood, that King had a darker ending for the final segment, where at the end it turns out the mother was right, and the cat protected her from the troll just so he could then steal her breath, but Dino De Laurentiis was appalled by the idea of killing off Drew Barrymore.

My DVD has a pretty good commentary track with the director Lewis Teague.
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The last time I watched this was in 2018 and I gave it a 6/10. I liked it more this time - a solid 7.5.
I still like the "Quitter's Inc" segment best. Great story idea and wonderful actors. The ledge segment is OK. It reminds me of that Creepshow segment with the jealous husband who buries his wife and her boyfriend on the beach.
The little girl/cat segment is the one that I liked considerably more this time. The cat in the shelter with the "TERMINATION" sign... noooooo! lol. It is amazing how perfectly they captured the cat throughout the film. How did they get it to do all that stuff? Drew Barrymore is also cute as blazes in this.
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I really love the character actor who plays the gangster husband in that segment. He was in a few movies during that time period, including Lynch's Dune as the Baron. He passed away only a few years after Cat's Eye. I would loved to have seen him brighten up more films.
I will always remember from playing that piece of shit asshole in Ragtime (1981). He was so good in that role that I can't think of him but as the consummate asshole.
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I think our boy Stephen was coked up when he wrote this one.
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Originally Posted by Spiderbite
I will always remember from playing that piece of shit asshole in Ragtime (1981). He was so good in that role that I can't think of him but as the consummate asshole.
I got him mixed up with Charles Durning, from Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
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I'm trying to catch up on films I missed while I was in Minnesota last weekend, and I watched this last night. Although I'm the right age to have watched it when it was on HBO all the time, I never did. This is because as a kid, I caught a tiny bit of Nightmare on Elm Street on cable one night, and that frightened me so bad that I strictly avoided anything that was marked as Horror pretty much well into adulthood after that. I quickly learned the name Stephen King, and avoided anything with his name on it. I recall this movie, Christine, Carrie, etc being on in my house, and my siblings would watch them, but I would be sure to leave the room as soon as I knew what was on.

Finally watching this, I was surprised at how tame it was. I wouldn't even really classify it as horror, honestly, at least not the majority of it. I also was not aware that it was an anthology until the James Woods segment ended and all the characters changed. I'm not sure what the opening where the mannequin talks to the cat was supposed to say. I thought maybe the cat has some type of supernatural power, but it's never referenced again. Quitters Inc. was fun, if a bit silly. I didn't really care for the middle segment that much, but I have never been a fan of mob type stuff. I realize that the first story was also connected to the mob, but the silly quit smoking method made it different and more interesting to me. The last segment was pure children's fantasy, and was fun, but it made me question who this pic was for exactly, as the first two segments are decidedly not children's stories.

Anyway, on the whole, I enjoyed it, and was glad for the excuse to experience it again for the first time.
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Originally Posted by Obi-Wanma
I'm not sure what the opening where the mannequin talks to the cat was supposed to say. I thought maybe the cat has some type of supernatural power, but it's never referenced again.
The same thing happens again in the second segment, when the cat is looking into the display window at the TVs, and the girl in the commercial separates into an ethereal being to encourage the cat to keep traveling. The cat has been given a mission (by whatever unexplained force) to find Drew Barrymore and protect her from the troll.
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