Film: Cat’s Eye (1985)
Directed by: Lewis Teague
Written by: Stephen King
Starring: Drew Barrymore as Our Girl
James Woods as Morrison (from segment 1: “Quitter’s Inc.”)
Robert Hays as Norris (from segment 2: “The Ledge”)
When I was a kid, I would lie down to sleep and hear that pulsing in my ear..
Instead of thinking to myself, this is normal go to bed, I would have these strange feelings that a small troll was waiting beneath my head to suck out my breath.
This is what Cat’s Eye did to me as a child.
To be honest, I didn’t really remember much else about the film, before reaching it for this edition of Natsukashi. But after I popped the DVD in the memories came roaring back.
James Woods stealing a smoke on the expressway. That stupid little pigeon pecking away on the ankle of a man walking a ledge. Image after image I began to remember why I was so drawn to this movie as a kid.
Some may call the film a bit cheesy, especially when watching the torture-filled, shaky cam, ultra slick horror movies of the present.
I, for one, call it great fun.
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Our guest: Editor Scott Conrad
Cat’s Eye’s editor Scott Conrad marks a first for us here at Natsukashi, for he is our frist Oscar winner to speak with us, earning that golden guy for his work on the seminal Sylvester Stallone flick, Rocky. He’s amassed more than 50 films to his resume so far, including working twice with Cheech & Chong, directors such as Curtis Hanson (The Bedroom Window), horror-meister Tom Holland (The Stranger Within), and just wrapped working with Tim Allen on his directorial debut Crazy on the Outside, with Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, and J.K. Simmons.
Scott has some great encounters with writer Stephen King and producer Dino De Laurentiis that he shares with us, as well as many fond memories of working with the cast on the set of the film, and we thank him for letting us look into Cat’s Eye with him.