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Horror is filled with animals on the rampage, from swarming bees (Swarm) to giant, man-eating rabbits (Night of the Lepus). Along the way there have been over-sized ants, great white sharks, snakes on planes, haunted cats, killer dogs a...
Horror is filled with animals on the rampage, from swarming bees (Swarm) to giant, man-eating rabbits (Night of the Lepus). Along the way there have been over-sized ants, great white sharks, snakes on planes, haunted cats, killer dogs and many, many more (here is a fairly good list of them). But those are cases where the movie concerns the animal itself being evil. What's always delighted me far more is the animal as evil detector. Whether it's a cat hissing out a warning of danger (Alien), a raving mad pet-pourri in a pet shop (Cat People) or barn animals raising a ruckus when Ol' Scratch approaches (The Devil and Daniel Webster), animals always seem to know before their slow-witted human counterparts when someone not to be trusted is lurking. Why? Who the hell knows? Point is, it works. Put animals freaking out in the presence of evil into a movie and, usually, you've got a winning scene.Or do you?Two of the most famous of these types of scenes come from The Omen and Let the Right One In. The former has animals attacking the car containing the Anti-Christ (about as evil as you can get) and the latter has house cats attacking a newly minted vampire. One works better than the other and it's perhaps a bit surprising that the better one is the lesser movie. Let the Right One In surpasses The Omen on just about every front but when it comes to animals freaking out in the presence of evil, baboons beat house cats hands down. Also, the cat scene appears to be played, just a bit, for laughs. Or, if it isn't, it's filmed that way (with our recently attacked vampiress wailing about in the background of a long shot as cats fling from her body across the room) and if the director (Tomas Alfredson) isn't aware the scene plays kind of silly, it's even worse. With its poorly CGI'd cats darting up and down and around the room like furry little Yodas battling Emperor Palpatine, the scene evokes laughter every time I see it. Since she's a rather innocent victim (she's just trying to convince an eyewitness to do the right thing and being told, in the meantime, that she's not even that important to her boyfriend), it also seems a little mean-spirited to treat her demise so flippantly. All of that notwithstanding, the whole of the movie is superb, easily one of the best vampires movies in existence (and one of the best I've ever seen) while The Omen isn't the best of anything, really, though still watchable and entertaining if bland and unadventurous. Still, the baboon scene has a frightening aspect to it that the house cats do not. One, baboons are scarier than cats and, two, it's real while the cat attack is clearly CGI. Of course, you might see them differently so I've included them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! (the clip from The Omen, the animal scene, starting with giraffes, begins at about two minutes in):
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Most people fall into one of two categories. You're either a cat person or a dog person. Cat people are clearly more intelligent, though the fact that my cat Fudge is staring up at me as I type this might be influencing my decision o...
Most people fall into one of two categories. You're either a cat person or a dog person. Cat people are clearly more intelligent, though the fact that my cat Fudge is staring up at me as I type this might be influencing my decision on that one. Cats aren't so cute, however, in the 2011 Korean horror, The Cat. Popular television actress Park Min Young leaps onto the silver screen as the heroine of this eerie summer horror entry. Directed by Byun Seung Wook (Solace), The Cat also co-stars Kim Dong Wook (Romantic Heaven) and famous child actress Kim Sae Won's little sister Kim Ye Ron, in her acting debut. U.K. Cat lovers can have their milk and lick it on 30th December 2013, when The Cat slumps onto DVD for the first time. Synopsis: Pet groomer So Yeon (Park Min Young) has suffered from claustrophobia ever since she was a child. One of her customers is found dead in an elevator, leaving behind her cat Bidan. At the police's request, So Yeon takes in Bidan for the time being, but strange things begin to happen. So Yeon has recurring nightmares about a little girl, and her friend Bo Hee (Shin Da Eun, Midnight FM) dies of mysterious circumstances soon after adopting a cat. Fearing that she may be the next victim, So Yeon and police officer Joon Suk (Kim Dong Wook) investigate the mystery, and discover that there is much more to the cats.
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There have been some fantastic movies based on Stephen King’s writings, as evidenced in our list here, but there have also been a few absolute duds. Here are the worst, all terrifying in the wrong kind of way. 6. Firestarter Firest...
There have been some fantastic movies based on Stephen King’s writings, as evidenced in our list here, but there have also been a few absolute duds. Here are the worst, all terrifying in the wrong kind of way. 6. Firestarter Firestarter isnt atrocious, exactly – it’s just a bit, embarrassing. King’s own source material doesn’t help matters – it’s Carrie in her pre-teen years… with fire – so it was always going to be a difficult transition to the big screen. It doesn’t help that every time Drew Barrymore wants to burn something – or someone – her hair thinks it’s in a Timotei advert. Martin Sheen, fresh from his stint in The Dead Zone, pops up, and George C Scott is a one-eyed villain who gets a little too close to the flames. It’s all a bit lame, really, like a CBeebies version of what a King novel should be. Firestarter was the first King novel I ever read and it terrified me (I was about nine). The shoddy film means I have no desire to revisit it. 5. Secret Window Based on King novella Secret Window, Secret Garden, once again we have a writer at the forefront of one of his stories. But the only thing this shares with a masterpiece like Misery is the latter’s title comes to mind when watching it. Johnny Depp goes to his local butcher and orders a nice thick slice of ham as Mort Rainey, an author who isn’t all that he seems. Not as annoying as Jack Sparrow, but definitely dud Depp. 4. It: Part 2 There was no way for It: Part 2 to match the horror of It: Part 1 – not unless you find John-Boy Walton scary, but did it have to let us down so spectacularly? In fairness to John-Boy (Richard Thomas), he is actually pretty good in this, and the same can be said for the late great John Ritter and Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown. But they are lumbered with some hokey material and a terrible ending – plasticine spiders tend not to frighten me. Or anyone over the age of 4. It was always going to be difficult to keep up the tension of It’s first part – things are way scarier when it’s wide-eyed kids getting terrorised rather than their wisecracking adult versions – but still. Oh well, at least the unsettling underage orgy from the book didn’t make the cut. 3. Sleepwalkers King wrote the script for this pretty terrible Cat People knock-off, which predates Twilight in its yawnful (ball of) yarn about a girl falling for some bloke who likes eating living things when night falls. And who is also dating his own mother. The problem with Sleepwalkers, apart from the hokey script and terrible action, is its premise – the were-kitties only weakness? Why, cats, of course. That makes no sense. Not even cameos from King and Mark Hamill can save this soggy moggy. 2. Dreamcatcher Right, now we get to the real King crud. On paper, Dreamcatcher sounds like a film studio’s, uh, dream. Heck, if they pitched it now it would probably get made – Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Morgan Freeman battling aliens bent on world domination? Sign me up. Oh, what’s that? The whole thing’s set in a log cabin and the aliens crawl out of your arse when you’re on the toilet? Uh, maybe I’ll just sit through Sleepwalkers again… 1. Maximum Overdrive And now to what the French call ‘the piece of resistance’ of crap King. And he has no one to blame for this one… but himself. Not only is it taken from his short story, Trucks, but King actually stepped into the director’s chair too. Someone directed this?! Well, kind of. King subsequently admitted that he was high on cocaine while making Maximum Overdrive. To be fair to him, he has never shied away from pointing out how bad the film is. Commissioner Gordon, Lisa Simpson and Emilio Estevez appear in a tale of villainous vehicles taking over a truck stop. Not exactly The Stand, is it? What could have been a lot of fun
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People, this can’t wait ’til Toesday. ‘Sides, that’s ‘Tocktober 1st. This just happens to be a case of TOEBEANS WITH TEDDY BEAR FACES ON ‘EM. Only in Japan. Again. Photos from I Love Ca...
People, this can’t wait ’til Toesday. ‘Sides, that’s ‘Tocktober 1st. This just happens to be a case of TOEBEANS WITH TEDDY BEAR FACES ON ‘EM. Only in Japan. Again. Photos from I Love Cat and RocketNews24. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Big in Japan, toes
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"Let's see now, who ordered the deluxe?" A young Boston entrepreneur is "very serious" about her plan to open America's first cat café, which she hopes to call Miaou Boston. The café — think coffeeshop meets cat-lady living room &#...
"Let's see now, who ordered the deluxe?" A young Boston entrepreneur is "very serious" about her plan to open America's first cat café, which she hopes to call Miaou Boston. The café — think coffeeshop meets cat-lady living room — will offer sad souls whose landlords don't allow pets the chance to get their robusto and sphynx fixes in one convenient place, while also acting as a temporary shelter for toms and tabbies. We'd like to think it'll take just a few cutesy-kittens-in-coffee-mugs photos to fund the impending Kickstarter campaign, provided she can get the Health Department onboard. Apparently Miaou Boston's aspirations are only part of what turns out to be a rapidly shedding trend: Londoners will soon be able to frequent Dinah's Cat Emporium, and Paris's Café des Chats has quickly turned reservation-only after being open less than a week. The café was forced to turn down cat people who came from all over France for the chance to commingle with strays over croissants, and is now booked through November. (Take that, Gordon Ramsay.) According to the owner of the Parisian enterprise, feline healing powers know no bounds and border on the miraculuous, making a cat café a veritable public health service: “Purring produces vibrations which heal, which relieve arthritis and rheumatism, which lower your blood pressure and your heartbeat.” Other than actually being able to cook you dinner, what can't cats do? How purrfect: Boston might get a cat cafe [Boston.com] Parisian cat cafe offers "purr therapy" to animal-lovers [Reuters] Read more posts by Belle CushingFiled Under: purrfect, cat cafes
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Jacques Tourneur, director of both CAT PEOPLE and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, delivers this top-rate psychological thriller from 1957 that is just as shocking and powerful today as it was at the time of its release. NIGHT OF THE DEMON follow...
Jacques Tourneur, director of both CAT PEOPLE and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, delivers this top-rate psychological thriller from 1957 that is just as shocking and powerful today as it was at the time of its release. NIGHT OF THE DEMON follows Dr. Holden as he arrives in London for a seminar in which he hopes to disprove the existence of witchcraft in modern society. It is here that he quickly incurs
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Greer Grant had been the costumed heroine known as Cat for only a short while when agents of HYDRA set out to kidnap Dr. Tumolo, the scientist responsible for giver her superhuman powers (Giant-Size Creatures #1). While protecting her ...
Greer Grant had been the costumed heroine known as Cat for only a short while when agents of HYDRA set out to kidnap Dr. Tumolo, the scientist responsible for giver her superhuman powers (Giant-Size Creatures #1). While protecting her mentor from HYDRA, Cat was shot in the back by a pistol that fired alpha radiation. The heroine was doomed to die unless she received help from a hidden society of Cat People. Combining science and magic, the Cat People cured Greer Grant by transforming her into Tigra. Back on the tails of HYDRA, she encountered Jack Russell in his alter ego as Werewolf by Night. Regarding the fur-coated female as a kindred spirit, the Werewolf helped Tigra. To stop the evil organization from learning the secrets of the Cat People, Dr. Tumolo exposed the agents of HYDRA to a modern dose of the Black Plague. Within the issue, a column by editor Roy Thomas addressed how changes in the Comics Code beginning in 1971 now made room for werewolves and vampires, which were banned under the original version of code from 1954. Roy Thomas ended the column with the following remarks concerning the billing of Tigra, the Were-Woman! One final footnote: Yes, we know that the Germanic word "were" actually means "man"—so that the term "were-woman" is actually something of a misnomer. However, in everyday parlance, people have come to attach the prefix "were-" to something when they want to indicate an element of lycanthropy—so we've no real fear of being misunderstood. But, for those linguistic experts out there in Marvelland, we just had to et you know that we do read things besides comic-mags. Honest, we do. Giant-Size Creatures. Vol. 1. No. 1. July 1974. "Tigra, the Were-Woman!" Tony Isabella (writer), Don Perlin (artist), Vince Colletta (inker), Artie Simek (letterer), P. Goldberg (colorer), Roy Thomas (editor).
14 days ago
Cat people by Ortie Name
Cat people by Ortie Name
15 days ago
Deep down, we're all crazy cat people. RIP Gismo.Photo Credit: WWE.comI have never owned a cat. In fact, not too long ago, I found out that I'm generally allergic to cats. For some reason, this tends to have the opposite effect for my at...
Deep down, we're all crazy cat people. RIP Gismo.Photo Credit: WWE.comI have never owned a cat. In fact, not too long ago, I found out that I'm generally allergic to cats. For some reason, this tends to have the opposite effect for my attitude towards cats. I'm fascinated by the damn things, even though I don't think I'll have one for a long time. (This is the same attitude I have about children, the Playstation 4, and employment.) So I got it when in that Twitter exchange I mentioned on our Total Divas report, Natalya noted that her cat Gismo was her son and that her cat was family. We're all crazy cat people.That's why it sucked to hear that Gismo passed away last night, news broken on her Twitter. A mere few days earlier, Gismo was seen in the footage of Neidhart's and her now husband TJ "Tyson Kidd" Wilson's wedding on Total Divas. And for some reason, despite not knowing them personally, that bummed me the hell out.This past weekend, I went to a friend's house to watch the Alabama/Texas A&M game. They have two cats, both as adorable as cats can be and the hyperactive creatures you've gotta sweep away from the barbecue. I was sneezing for a couple of days afterwards, but it was generally worth it. We all had fun and the like. And I kind of missed those cats despite my allergies. I understood the mantra of why my friends and other people own cats and love the hell out of them. It's a subconscious need to be a caregiver, in a sense. This is all kind of a mess mentally, but then owning a pet is less about the thoughts of having a pet around the house, and more of the love we want to give.So I don't own a cat. I have owned pets, and almost all of them went away like the span of a goldfish (my first pet). They weren't that emotionally intense, but it also sucked to see them gone. They gave personality to the house. They made me feel less alone in the vast expanse. So I get it. I hope Nattie and TJ shower the love they gave to Gismo to their new cat. It's a complicated but wonderful thing.
18 days ago
The Force is strong with this Star Wars Dog Collection at Petco. Featuring a galaxy wide array of geeky toys and accessories for your pooch like the multi-squeaker toys shown above. Each has many squeakers to keep your dog busy playing...
The Force is strong with this Star Wars Dog Collection at Petco. Featuring a galaxy wide array of geeky toys and accessories for your pooch like the multi-squeaker toys shown above. Each has many squeakers to keep your dog busy playing with characters like Jabba the Hutt (who wouldn’t want to take a bite of Tatooine’s vile gangster?), Darth Vader, and everyone’s favorite Wookiee Chewbacca (chew on Chewy). All that playing is making your dog tired. Have a nap here: It’s a Yoda Pet Bed (also available in Darth Vader. It’s 100% polyester with comfortable plush center and Yoda’s head as a backrest. Just two more naps and your dog will have completed his Jedi training. Enough resting, how about more dog toys? Let your dog sink it’s teeth (lightly) into the Stormtrooper Stick Toy, C-3PO Canvas Toy, and everyone’s favorite bounty hunter- Boba Fett. What about clothing? Your dog will look sharp in this Yoda Dog Hoodie. Other dog outfits available too.To see the full collection of Star Wars dog toys and accessories, head on over here to Petco. And for you cat people, check out our post on Star Wars Cat Toys.Star Wars Dog Toys
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