Friday, March 6, 2015

The Cat Creature

The Cat Creature (12.11.73) is another Curtis Harrington and Robert Bloch made for television collaboration. 

In the collection of a dead man, an appraiser finds a sarcophagus with a mummy wearing a gold amulet.  The amulet is stolen and the mummy disappears.  Soon, people start dying- sometimes mauled, sometimes hypnotized by a mysterious black cat.

A Vampire Cat.  Yes. 

What's really fascinating is the casting- Gale Sondergaard- playing the owner of an occult bookstore, Keye Luke as a thief, John Carradine as a hotel clerk.  Harrington is showing his love of old Hollywood again by bringing in these actors.

In fact, this feels almost like one of Universal Pictures "Inner Sanctum" movies than a movie-of-the-week- in the best possible way of course.