Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Strays (1991)

2 / 5
Tagline: The Jarretts have finally found their dream house...Now it's about to become their worst nightmare!
Directed by: John McPherson
Written by: Shaun Cassidy
Actors include: Kathleen Quinlan, Timothy Busfield, Claudia Christian
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Length: 83 minutes
Banned: nope
Country: USA

Well this is as of yet unavailable on DVD and after watching it I totally understand. It took being stuck with a VCR and only three movies before I actually forced myself to get through this one. I definitely like the idea, killer cats are still a good concept if only someone would actually make a good killer cat movie, but I digress. What's wrong with this film? Where to begin, first of all try to make a dramatic story about people who have boring lives, who can't act and are entirely unlikeable. Right from the start I was rooting for the felines. Timothy's character seems to be having an affair with his unlikeable wife's sister (who is also unlikeable...surprise). Timothy + wife = one ugly kid (seriously who's idea was it to cast such an unattractive child), and they have just moved to a new home. What they don't know is that they don't actually own this house...the cats do! So the story is really boring and the best parts are where we see a grey angry hissing cat, it actually does get really funny at one point where the wife and goblin child are trapped in a bedroom and the cats are trying to get through the vent stuffed with pillows (we get a great shot of cat paws shredding pillows). This has barely any blood, it's far from scary and the folks never realyl get what's coming to 'em. How the heck did they paste an "R" rating on the case, I'm seriously mystified. Anyhow if you can suffer through the actual story the ending is rather amusingly awful, but I'm betting few make it that far. Definitely one to avoid, unless of course you must watch ever killer cat movie...

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