Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye'

1985

Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye'

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An effective if knowingly silly Stephen King anthology that combines comedy and terror.

67%

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49%

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Three tales, with a feline as the catalyst. Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays. Sally Ann: Candy Clark. Hugh: James Naughton. Junk: Tony Munafo. McCann: Court Miller. Milquetoast: Russell Horton. Lewis Teague directed.

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James Woods
as Dick Morrison
Alan King
as Vinnie Donatti
Robert Hays
as Johnny Norris
Candy Clark
as Sally Ann

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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye'

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (9)

  • King is popular for the same reason McDonald's is popular -- you always know what to expect.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The usual caveats about cumulatively unsatisfying portmanteau pictures certainly apply.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The list of films that genuinely capture the spirit of Stephen King - the darkness, humor, and cleverness that made his books and stories so irresistible - is surprisingly short. But 'Cat's Eye' deserves a place on that list.

    October 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye'

  • Apr 26, 2014
    A bizarre horror-comedy from Stephen King, Cat's Eye is uneven and poorly crafted. This anthology of tales follows an aversion therapy clinic that uses mafia tactics, a sadistic millionaire who makes an unusual wager, and a child who's being stalked by a troll. Each segment has a different tone, and the troll story feels especially out of place. Additionally, the through-line connecting the various stories is tenuous and weak. However, the casting is rather interesting, and features James Woods, Robert Hays, and Drew Barrymore. Yet as bad as the film is (and it is bad), Cat's Eye is mildly entertaining and has its moments.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2012
    The little girl was Drew Barrymore!!!!! It's similar to most of the horror anthologies, but this time the host (The cat) actually gets involved. The stories are from Stephen King's Collections. Quite entertaining, not his best adaptaion however.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2012
    Each of the three stories shown in Cat's Eye has its own problems. The best of the lot is the first, featuring James Woods. Even it, though, it hampered by the connective tissue of a cat wandering the East Coast. The second story is implausible in all the little details while the third features a child's worst nightmare: adults who do not listen to them. King tries, to be sure, to channel everything which frightens human beings, but this is just a mish mash of ideas not amounting to a whole lot. Typical 1980's made for TV fare, nothing more.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2012
    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.
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