My favorite season is here. Fall into fall. Did anyone celebrate the solstice? Planning the trip to the pumpkin patch? Here is a photo of one visit to a most excellent pumpkin patch outside Portland, Oregon, complete with two terrifying corn mazes. One for daylight, and the other for night time horror screams. Yes, I went during the day, and got lost in the maze for over an hour.
The Great Pumpkin is coming. I know he’ll make it this time. Last night, I watched (witched) The Devil’s Advocate again to get in the mood. Al Pacino was cast well as The Devil. The other members of the cast, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, were also perfect. I loved spotting Connie Nielsen as one of the other lawyers in the firm. I didn’t recognize her the first time I viewed the film, and she would soon star in Gladiator. The rest of the month leading up to Halloween will be filled with every spooky movie I love: Burnt Offerings, House of the Devil, Prometheus, Fallen, the original Cat People (see list of cat films below), 28 Days Later, the original Psycho, and Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, Devil, Dead Birds, and, of course, the original Halloween, to name just a few.
I told Eartha Kitt’n to act out a scene from The Ring and she gave me her best distorted photo-image face. She’s one scary cat.
In the spirit of monstrous cats from films I asked Eartha Kitt’n to do her best Norma Desmond imitation. She’s ready for her close-up. (She also doesn’t remember any cats in Sunset Boulevard – not even on the film crew)
Eartha Kitt’n as Zombie Cat. This one gives me chills and Eartha Kitt’n won’t stop making this face now just to laugh when I jump off the couch.
Eatha Kitt’n’s favorite cat is Church (aka Winston Churchill) from Pet Sematary. This is her impression of Church the moment before the instant before the truck runs him over, of course.
Forget Puss in Boots, try these other movies, some with rather tame felines, and others with monstrous cats:
1. Cat People: both versions even though the 1942 film by Jacques Tourneau cannot be beat. The Nastassja Kinski version has both David Bowie and killer Giorgio Morodor music.
2. Alien & Aliens – Jones or Jonesy was part of the reason Ripley survives. Jonesy stared into the face of an alien and lived to tell the tale, something that partly comes true for Ripley when she duplicates this scene in Alien 3.
3. The Ghost and the Darkness – Two man-eating lions for your frightful pleasure.
4. The deja vu cat in The Matrix.
5. Hocus Pocus – A boy is transformed into a black cat named Thackery Binx.
6. The Fifth Element — Okay, another one that’s reaching since Bruce Willis’ cat Sweetie hardly inhabited the role and worked for mice.
7. Austin Powers had Mr. Bigglesworth — a truly nice chap off screen.
8. Cinderella – Lucifer was Cinderella’s stepmother’s really wretched cat, but still fun to watch to this day, and a great Halloween movie treat for kids.
9. The Harry Potter films feature Hermione Granger’s cat Crookshanks.
10. Sleepwalkers — Meet a cat named Clovis
BONUS CAT: Who can forget Butch, the tabby who menaced The Incredible Shrinking Man? This classic sci-fi and horror flick has moments of fright, and was written by one of my favorite authors of all time, Richard Matheson, who tackled the screenplay from his own novel.
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