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The Uncanny (1977)

Not Rated | | Horror | April 1978 (UK)
Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.

Director:

Denis Héroux

Writer:

Michel Parry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Wilbur
Ray Milland ... Frank Richards
Joan Greenwood ... Miss Malkin (segment "London 1912")
Roland Culver ... Wallace (segment "London 1912")
Susan Penhaligon ... Janet (segment "London 1912")
Simon Williams ... Michael (segment "London 1912")
Alexandra Stewart ... Mrs. Blake (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Donald Pilon ... Mr. Blake (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Chloe Franks ... Angela (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Katrina Holden Bronson Katrina Holden Bronson ... Lucy (segment "Quebec Province 1975") (as Katrina Holden)
Renée Girard Renée Girard ... Mrs. Maitland (segment "Quebec Province 1975")
Donald Pleasence ... Valentine De'ath (segment "Hollywood 1936")
Samantha Eggar ... Edina (segment "Hollywood 1936")
John Vernon ... Pomeroy (segment "Hollywood 1936")
Catherine Bégin ... Madeleine (segment "Hollywood 1936")
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Wilbur Gray visits Frank Richards so he can get his book published. This book Gray has written are about cats. Cats watching everyone and controlling everything. He mentions the stories in the book are all true, and gives three examples. The first involves the murder of a cat-loving old woman who gives her entire fortune in her will to her cats. Not everyone is happy about the wills, but would have to get past the cats to get the the will. The second story is a tale of black magic between two girls and the third story is a tale of murderous revenge... by a cat. Written by Film_Fan

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A trilogy of feline terror! See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

-"The Uncanny" is the fifth Milton Subotsky film in which a character has the name "Maitland" ("Mrs. Maitland" played by Renee Girard). The others are "And Now The Screaming Starts" (1973) in which Guy Rolfe plays "Maitland;" "Tales From the Crypt" (1972) in which Ian Hendry plays "Carl Maitland;" "The Skull" (1965) which top-bills Peter Cushing as "Dr. Christopher Maitland;" and the earliest, "City of the Dead" (aka "Horror Hotel," 1960) in which Tom Naylor plays "Bill Maitland." See more »

Goofs

In the "1936 Hollywood" sequence Edina is seen reading a Tarzan comic that came out in the 1970s (the John Buscema art is quite distinctive). See more »

Quotes

Lucy: Wellington? Wellington? Where are you Wellington?
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Connections

Referenced in Cat's Eye (1985) See more »

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A Fun Cat Film
19 December 2014 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Not a film for ailurophobics (those afraid of cats) - this film might add to their fears because of the nature of the film. The film is about cats, cats that get revenge.

The story of Miss Malkin is quite good. BUT what I don't know is how long she was dead and Janet was hiding in the house but she was hungry to spread cat food on her bread - that tells me she must have been there for two or three days hiding. Not only was Janet hungry - so were those vengeful cats.

The orphan Lucy my favorite of the trilogy. I cannot blame Lucy for what she did to her cousin Angela. I did not like Angela at all nor did I like Mrs. Blake (Angela's mother and Lucy's aunt). And Wellington the cat was not pleased with them either.

The last tale of Valentine De'ath is quite a good comedy-horror. I love the reference to Poe in this one - that pendulum! There are quite a few cat puns too that befit the story. The cat will have your tongue in the end.

Now the parts with Peter Cushing and Ray Milland are actually the best part of the film because it's interesting what happens with the two men, the evidence and the book.

Worth watching if you like horror, cats and a good starring cast. I love those cats!

7.5/10


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April 1978 (UK) See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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CAD800,000 (estimated)
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