Date: Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:00PM
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 - Limited Seating RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-558-8117
Eye of the Cat (B+W, 1969)
Dir. David Lowell Rich, screenplay by Joseph Steffano. Starring Michael Sarrazin, Gayle Hunnicutt, Eleanor Parker, Tim Henry.
Set in San Francisco with some great location shots, the highly entertaining “Eye of the Cat” is an offbeat thriller written by Psycho writer Joseph Steffano about an eccentric old lady who plans to bequeath her fortune to her colony of cats. Her nephew gets wind of this and plies to re-instate himself as the sole heir, despite his severe ailurophobia (fear of cats) and his conspiring brother and auntie’s cosmetologist.
Crazy cats, catfights, mod costuming by the ubiquitous Edith Head and an eerie score by Lalo Schiffrin (Bullit, Cool Hand Luke, et al.), along with some over the top dialogue and a strange mix of psychological horror and melodrama elevate this shindig to camp classic. Still unavailable on DVD…
The Cat’s Meow (Color, 1976)
Engaging, well-shot educational film about alley cats and house cats was the surprise hit of the original Crazy Cats! program. The deadpan, dry humor of the narration is a big part of the appeal of this British-made short, but the slow motion mouse acrobatics had the whole room in stitches.