Trying new things in horror movies is always full of risk. Cat’s Eye tries to get noticed. Films composed of many different stories are usually backed by an interesting story (Creepshow, (Creepshow 2, Terror Tract) and if they fail, it produces a void. Cat’s eye combines this background story with the three sketches: their common point being the cat. The cat survives many happenings and, in my opinion, attracts too much of our attention, especially in the final sketch where he is practically the hero.
These three stories could be terrifying if they were taken seriously. Instead, we are presented with actors who seem to take pleasure in torture. They are excellent and very credible. The special effects seem to be well thought out but do not succeed. The film is too pretentious and puts too much of a weight on its shoulders, without being able to successfully represent its author and actors.
Why would an important firm offer its clientele to torture, rape and kill, while risking getting caught? I have no idea. This aspect is not covered and it is a question not to be asked. Better enjoy every minute of this bizarre yet surprising story. It inspires an interesting paranoiac atmosphere but it is exaggerated (ex: a spy hides in a dresser and awaits the moment where Dick will smoke, another fakes jogging in front of his house, etc.). The finale is interesting but the visual effects are shamefully missed.
The best of the three stories because of its simplicity and originality, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. The camera angles, for the most part, put in perspective the man and pit that wants to swallow him, tempted to fall because of the wind that attacks him, because of the pigeons who smash his ankle and because of his enemy who puts traps along his way. Once more, a particular visual effect will make you shake your head in pity for Stephen King.
A child as a victim, a cat as a heroin and a one-foot tall goblin as an enemy … very promising! The result is just about what we awaited. Imagine the scene and your vision is probably accurate. We can’t make any miracles with such a concept. The sketch turns in circles but gives us resourceful special effects. Many scene cuts are needed to give realism to the goblin but the result is not bad at all.