Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Trailer Trash VII: Night of a Thousand Cats (1972)

"When the cats are hungry, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!"

This is one of the many "animals gone bad" horror movies I picked up during my VHS-collecting days. These genre seemed to really blow up in the wake of Hitchcock's The Birds and by the end of the 1970s it seems like humanity was wiped out by everything from chimpanzees to frogs to... earthworms. But more on those in future posts.

Obviously the highlight of this trailer is the "free burial insurance" they offer the audience right at the end. I know that's a cheesy gimmick, but what if someone DID die during the screening? (Someone REALLY afraid of tabby cats, of course.) Would the theater be legally obligated to bury them? Any lawyers should feel free to chime in here.

Other golden moments:

At 0:04 - That's a LOT of cats in that there tiny cage. If this movie were to be shot today, they would probably have to CGI them all.
At 0:27 - How long does this lady have to stare at severed heads before she screams?

Watching this trailer, can anyone guess how the movie ends? It's obvious from the minute and a half we see here.