Cat Creature (1973 film)

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Summary

A mysterious shopkeeper is the key to feline terror tied to the theft of an ancient amulet.

Details

  • Release Date: 1973
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Mystery, Horror, Thriller, made-for-TV
  • Setting: 1970s California
  • Runtime: 1 hr 12 min
  • Starring: Meredith Baxter, David Hedison, Gale Sondergaard
  • Director: Curtis Harrington
  • Writer: Robert Bloch (teleplay), Douglas S. Cramer and Wilford Lloyd Baumes (story)
  • Producer/Production Co: Douglas S. Cramer Company, Screen Gems Television
  • View Film: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to a TV-PG for mild Violence and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Written by Lovecraft correspondent Robert Bloch, about a cat-demon/mummified Bast cultist unleashed on crooks and cultists in 1970s California. It comes across a bit like a lost episode of "Kolchak: the Night Stalker", without everyone's favorite tabloid reporter, probably as much because of Bloch's participation as for the weird subject matter and for being a product of the same time and setting.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Review by Justin McKinney at The Bloody Pit of Horror (2.5/4 Stars) (link) - "This seldom-viewed made-for-ABC-TV movie ... has some things going for it, including a reasonably good cast and a fairly interesting plot devised by writer Robert Bloch ..., which draws many parallels between mummies and vampires."
  • Review by Mike Perry at Mikes Take on the Movies (link) - "Mixing Egyptian cults and vampire priestesses adds up to an amusing bit of fun from director Curtis Harrington."
  • Review by Richard Schieb at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (1/5 Stars) (link) - "Cat People hides everything behind ambiguity and suggests that the existence of any cat people is in people’s imagination, whereas The Cat Creature is a plodding, literalistic film that lacks anything in the way of subtlety..."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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This is actually a variation on the basic vampire story: a protective amulet stolen from a dead man's secret collection of Egyptian artifacts is effectively the equivalent of a stake for vampires: its theft frees a vampire cultist of Bast to prowl the streets of Los Angeles(?) in the form of a black cat-demon to kill a string of criminal and occultist victims in the wake of the amulet's journey to pawn shops and occult book stores, while a detective and a college professor of Egyptology follow in close pursuit. The college professor, finding himself attracted to the mysterious new employee of the "Sorcerer's Apprentice Occult Bookstore", soon begins to realize that the girl is actually the human form of the vampire when cats behave strangely around her; by hanging the amulet around her neck, our heroes are able to turn the vampire into a pile of ash and dust.


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Keeper Notes

  • The investigators are called in to follow the trail of bodies left in the wake of a vampiric cat-demon raised from the dead after a protective amulet is stolen from the casket of a mummified cultist of Bast.