Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye'


Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye' (1985)


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


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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)

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

Jan 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.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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The usual caveats about cumulatively unsatisfying portmanteau pictures certainly apply.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 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

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.

Oct 2, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

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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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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