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Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985)

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Cat's Eye is an uneven, tepid trilogy of stories written by Stephen King connected by a cat which appears at the beginning of each story. The best story, and first episode, concerns chain-smoker Morrison (James Woods) who joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti, played with great relish by Alan King. In the second episode, a gambler named Cressner (Kenneth McMillan) makes a bet with his wife's lover. In the third episode, a young girl (Drew Barrymore) is terrorized by a tiny

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Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Oct 1, 2002

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The three stories just don't connect and efforts to join them never work. However, an excellent roster of talent does try its best.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The usual caveats about cumulatively unsatisfying portmanteau pictures certainly apply.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Stephen King seems to be working his way through the reference books of human phobias, and Cat's Eye is one of his most effective films.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Even though the mix contains lumps, Cat's Eye is the best screen adaptation of any King work since Brian De Palma's Carrie.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's the anthology film I wish "Twilight Zone: The Movie" could have been.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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The film seems like a throwback not to old horror comics but to bad syndicated TV horror.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A terceira história é também a pior, o que é lamentável, já que conclui o filme de forma decepcionante depois de duas narrativas interessantes, tensas e divertidas.

May 29, 2006
Cinema em Cena

A horror anthology written by Stephen King with two good segments enveloping a great one.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Fair frights, feline style.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Uneven, but mildly diverting at times.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Decent King adaptations shrouded with a weak framing story.

October 6, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Amusing adaptation of a few Stephen King short stories -- if only smokers were treated in real life as they are in this film!

July 30, 2003
New Times

Although there are big problems with the horror compendium concept, this is worth seeing for James Woods alone, and the crafty use of The Police's 'Every Breath You Take.'

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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A fairly uneven collection of short horror stories. The segment with James Woods, however, justifies the price of a rental

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

You would think they could have gotten at least ONE story right.

March 5, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A very interesting movie!

August 2, 2002

Entertaining PG-level thriller anthology.

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Stephen King's Cat's Eye

Interesting horror anthology, Cat's Eye features three tales written by Stephen King. Although not as memorable as many in the genre, Cat's Eye is a fine film with a good cast. Overall Cat's Eye is a good anthology of horror stories, but is not as good as Creepshow or Trick 'r Treat. This film has three stories, but only two deliver some good chills. Quitters Inc and The Ledge are great stories However the final story The general leaves a lot to be desired. Cat's Eye is one of the better Stephen King films. The film is a fun anthology, never anything great, but definitely worth watching. The film boasts a good cast and there is plenty to offer to Stephen King fans. The best horror stories are the first two, with the third lacking something to really make this anthology very memorable. The film almost succeeds at being a memorable addition to the Anthology genre. But there's something missing to really make Cat's Eye a worthwhile anthology. Despite the mediocrity of the final story, the first two horror yarns that Stephen King conjures up make up for it. Quitters Inc. is an effective tale about a guy join an agency where they convince you quit smoking the most deadly ways. A very effective yarn that stars James Wood as the unfortunate former smoker. Then you have The Ledge which stars Robert Hays who is forced in a deadly bet after he gets involved with the wife of a crime boss. Then you have the final story, The Guard, this story doesn't really close the film well, and it stars Drew Barrymore. This story is quite silly and doesn't do anything to really thrills you. However despite a weak final story, Cat's Eye is a good anthology that is worth checking out.
February 20, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Yet another great anthology horror movie, this one is of Stephen King stories. It has a lot of great actors, and the stories are great too. I loved it.
January 19, 2011
ajv2688

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With the exception of some bad blue screen I still loved this movie. The Goblin at the was still creepy as well.
November 1, 2009
Godless

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A movie divided into three parts, each separate story linked by the passage of a cat through it. The first two parts (Quitters' Incorporated and The Ledge) are well done adaptations of two short stories that are amongst Stephen King's best writing. Admittedly, they read better (you can find them both in the Night Shift collection) because a lot has to do with what the characters are thinking, which you can't really do on screen. However, they come about as close as possible here. The third part of the movie, I think is written specifically for the movie and wraps things up nicely. Well worth seeing.
July 27, 2009
matertenebraum

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