I had the privilege of catching Uninvited on the big screen (my first screening of this ridiculously fun B-movie from 1988) at the Royal Cinema here in TO a couple of weeks ago, with partial proceeds benefiting the Annex Cat Rescue, one of several rescues I love to support. It seemed my worlds were colliding (pet welfare and care crashing wildly into my love of B-movies and cult classics) in the best possible way.
The synopsis from IMDb: A sinister corporation loses control of a house cat infected with a genetically engineered virus. The death toll rises during the mutant feline's rampage and, eventually, it finds its way on board the yacht of a criminal kingpin.
From Wikipedia: Uninvited is a 1987 American horror film written, produced and directed by Greydon Clark and starring George Kennedy, Alex Cord, Clu Gulager, Toni Hudson, and Eric Larson. The film primarily takes place aboard a luxury yacht owned by a criminal multimillionaire and bound for the Cayman Islands, whose passengers and crew are terrorized by a mutant cat.
From Rotten Tomatoes: When a shady businessman (Alex Cord) attempts to dodge the law by sailing off to a remote island paradise, he brings along a bunch of young spring break revelers. However, when a cat escapes from a dangerous scientific experiment and makes its way on to the boat, the passengers soon discover that it is harboring a deadly secret.
Check out all the different sorts of posters I've found for this single movie...and I'm sure there are more out there...
Read on for my review...
Look at the above silly-ass stills from the film!
There are so many reasons to laugh out loud throughout the movie, making it a worthy watch. The almost incomprehensible and totally logic-challenged premise will satisfy every fan of the ludicrously horrifying. And there's some good, Alienesque gore for fans of the visceral and messy. And filmmakers and those who appreciate practical effects will find reasons for joy in this film, too.
As usual for the most fun B-movies, this film has its share of forehead slapping dialogue. And it's the 80s, so the hairstyles and fashion will tickle most funny bones, too.
Excuse me for a moment while I muse on the fact that cats seem to be a really big deal in B-movies - B-movie cats are a thing. Adam Thorn, local B-movie filmmaker and reviewer brought this up with me after the screening, as well as when he reviewed my very own B-movie parody, Space Zombies, where cats are also central to the plot. For those of you who enjoy this film, I'm leaving links to some other B-movies below where cats are a major thing. It really is its own subgenre - cat cult movies!
Looking for your next Cat Cult Movie...or the accompanying novelization? Start with Space Zombies! Available on this website, at Eyesore Cinema, iTunes/Apple TV, and Amazon or Lulu.com (book only)