Movie: "Cat's Eye"
Year: 1985
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Horror
Directed by: Lewis Teague
Writing credits: Stephen King

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 9/7/2009

Plot: A stray cat connects three different stories in this horror anthology written by Stephen King.

Review: It's no secret that I'm a big fan of classic horror anthology films, and "Cat's Eye" is one that I never felt got enough credit. True, it is a fairly short one, having only three stories, but each tale is written by Stephen King so that alone should help convince you it's worth seeing. There are quite a few references to his works in the film as well, including a nice opening segment where the titular cat is being chased by Cujo the dog, which is then almost hit by Christine the car. Each of the three stories in the film are connected by a cat which wanders into them, but it plays more of a role of an observer for a while and doesn't truly get involved until the final tale, which I'll get to in a bit.

The first story is called "Quitters, Inc." stars James Woods as Dick Morrison, a smoker determined to kick the habit. Unfortunately, he's too weak to do it on his own, so he goes to a company to help him quit. What he doesn't realize is that this company is more like the mafia in their methodology, resorting to radical extremes to get the job done. In a nutshell, the company has people watching Dick's every move, and if he tries to sneak a smoke at any point, it may cost him and his family more than he ever imagined.

The next segment entitled "The Ledge" stars Robert Hays as Johnny Norris who had an affair with the wife of a powerful man by the name of Cressner (Kenneth McMillan). Instead of simply killing Johnny, Cressner decides to make him walk around the ledge of the towering skyscraper he lives in. He tells Johnny he can have anything he wants if he can make it all the way around. Of course, he's not going to make things easy for Johnny as he cautiously makes his way around the ledge of the high-rise. Definitely a solid story here which reminded me of something you'd see from Hitchcock.

The final story "The General" is probably the one most people remember as it centers around the cat who is out to save a young girl, played by Drew Barrymore, from a troll that lives within her walls. This nasty little troll likes to hop up on her bed and steal her breath while she sleeps at night. The cat comes into her room and she names him "General", but her mom hates cats and sends General off to the pound to be put to sleep. Now it's up to general to make his way back in time to save the girl from the troll. I should add that both the troll and the cat are voiced by the one and only Frank Welker.

It's definitely not a highly bloody or gory horror anthology film such as Creepshow, but Cat's Eye has a really nice blend of comedy and suspense which make it quite a memorable little collection of tales fit for any Halloween party. Check it out if ya haven't already.

Also, some fun trivia for ya: James Woods actually quit smoking after he finished filming the "Quitters, Inc." segment of this film. If only Stephen King could help everybody quit...

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Sep 9th, 2009, 09:27 AM
All smokers shoould be put to such a creepy regime in order to convince them that they are killing themselves and the ones around them.
Strange blob from beyond
Sep 9th, 2009, 09:59 AM
I always thought this was under-rated. I'll have to dig out my VHS copy!
Sep 9th, 2009, 10:08 AM
I remember my seventh grade english teacher showed this in class for halloween one year, it was a good movie (and yes the teachers in my school in seventh grade where that cool

@julio: while smoking is bad, I would rather not force anyone to quit, personal freedoms and all
Last of the Time Lords
Sep 9th, 2009, 11:52 AM
This one and the Tales from the Darkside film are both underrated classics. And both feature awesome cats.

The cat in Darkside does something so awesome that if you have seen it you instantly know what I'm talking about, and if you haven't I could never do it justice.
the axe and the smasher
Sep 9th, 2009, 12:17 PM

That's exactly what i thought when I saw you covering Cat's Eye. Easily one of my favorite anthology movies ever. This used to show regularly on HBO when i was a kid and I never missed a showing. Excellent movie.
aint nobody
Sep 9th, 2009, 04:59 PM
You'll thank me later...
Sep 9th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Nobody likes a quitter and smoking is fantastic.
...stupid pink lung safety nazi rhetoric...

Anyway I'm going to have to check this flick out, and man am I glad to be back around here, just in time for the season at that.
Sep 9th, 2009, 08:51 PM
LadyMage: Don't take it as if I wanted to force smokers to kick the habit. I do believe in the personal freedom of every individual and all, it is just that I have met plenty of people (assholes) who bring up the most absurd of reasons to let them smoke, even in closed spaces. That's why I thought it would actually be quite funny if some secret organization could be stalking them in order to check if they really wanted to quit.
You'll thank me later...
Sep 9th, 2009, 08:57 PM
Well it's legal and many a person happens to enjoy it, what more reason does one need? the closed spaces thing though, well this isn't the place to get into all that but "the man" likes to tell us things about things they don't like us to do that arn't necessarily... lets say factual. But anyway, it's all good.
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Sep 10th, 2009, 02:24 AM
Will watch, also typo, "with a with." Anyways i love these reviews, i usually find your tastes well suited to my own and your ideas trusty and true.
Forum Virgin
Sep 10th, 2009, 02:25 AM
For the sake of those interested whether you've seen the movie or not (you should!), both Quitter's Inc. and The Ledge are short stories in one of King's collections of short stories called "Night Shift." The book is honestly one of my favorites and has short stories that inspired a HUGE number of classic horror/King movies including "Graveyard Shift", "Trucks" (aka Maximum Overdrive), "Sometimes They Come Back," and probably the most popular, "Children of the Corn."

General was my hero as a kid horrified of the boogeyman and trolls in the walls (probably as a result of my mom letting me read things like Night Shift in 2nd grade...but hey, I'm a highly literate grad student now so I guess it paid off:-P). I really need to find a copy of this...I wonder if it came out on DVD?
Forum Virgin
Sep 10th, 2009, 02:42 AM
It is on DVD. My mother owns a copy. I haven't watched all the way through yet, mainly because I only watch the bit at the start with Christine in it.
Sep 10th, 2009, 08:21 AM
I still need to see this.
Sep 10th, 2009, 02:21 PM
Cat's eye was pretty good. I still like the book version of quitters, inc better. I remember it being a lot more outrageous but it was still pretty close.
Sep 11th, 2009, 02:21 AM
Funny, I remember the ending of "Quitters, Inc." and "The General" (reminds me ever so slightly of Brom's "Plucker," though I haven't gotten through all of that.) but I don't remember the ending to "The Ledge" at all. Strange.
skank pronger
Sep 11th, 2009, 01:28 PM
I once had a huge crush on a girl who told me she liked this movie, but had only seen it once and didn't remember the name. From her vague descriptions I finally figured out that it was Cat's Eye. I decided to surprise her with a copy. No store had it in stock, so I ordered it from Amazon and paid extra for fast shipping, since I was going to see her at the club in a couple of days. I presented her with the DVD, and she informed me that she didn't have a DVD player. Bitch never liked me anyway.
ni kar'tayl gar darasuum
Sep 12th, 2009, 01:27 PM
I love this movie!!
scored a Stephen King 4pack, Cat's eyes; Dolores Clairborne; Creepshow; Dreamcatcher for $7. go target.

so my plan is to take out a life insurance policy on my wife and go to Quitter's inc, were i fail to stop smoking. This way I can pay for my cancer treatments later in life.
Sep 14th, 2009, 07:59 PM
I always confuse this movie with Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. I think its because there is the Cat that kills the old guy in that one.
Pickled Patriarch
Sep 14th, 2009, 08:01 PM
You could also confuse it with Stephen King's "Sleepwalkers" which also involves plenty o' cats... and "Pet Cemetery" too. But yeah, Tales from the Darkside is fantastic, definitely a Halloween favorite of mine.
Sep 15th, 2009, 07:19 PM
i loved this movie when i was a kid