Tonight on MeTV, we ante up for the kitty- when a wealthy auntie whose only friend is her kitty becomes the target of family members and staff of her estate, who have hopes of inheriting her money- but are only setting themselves up for vengeance, feline style! Some greedy relatives may find that they are destined to go from the litter box to a different kind of box- a coffin- if they find themselves in the "Shadow of the Cat"!
This creepy Hammer horror begins by introducing us to Ella, a well-heeled senior citizen who favors only two living beings in the whole world- her favorite niece, and her beloved feline friend, Tabitha. Her dislike for all others is returned by those around her- leading to her being brutally attacked and killed- with the only witness being- her cat! Those responsible for her demise hide it, telling the local authorities that the old woman has inexplicably "disappeared"- and her less-than-grieving husband Walter and his co-conspirator servants who plotted her death work to finalize their plans to gain control of her wealth. There is a will she was forced to sign- but an earlier draft, with different bequests, is still somewhere in the house-and Walter needs to find it to assure that his copy will be the one that’s followed.
News of her death also brings further sleazy relatives out of the woodwork- as well as her favorite niece, the good-hearted Beth- along with Conrad, a local journalist who has an interest both in the unfolding story and the lovely Beth.
The evil relatives and homicidal house staff realize that there WAS one witness to the murder- yes, the cat - and suddenly become obsessed with capturing the kitty and doing away with it (POINT OF ORDER- are they worried that it's going to testify against them? Really?) Conrad and Beth find this ongoing phobia of the feline odd- plus, they aren't buying the idea that the missing woman just "disappeared". Knowing enough to distrust the scheming relatives and servants- disgusted by their hatred of Tabitha- and hearing odd sounds in the middle of the night- Beth and her journalist gent find themselves becoming more and more suspicious. Meanwhile, this cadre of creeps becomes more paranoid- as it seems that the cat not only saw what they did- but wants to pay them back in kind. Soon, accidents and coronary problems begin to take their toll on the duplicitous family- and Tabitha seems to lend a hand- or perhaps a paw- to their fates!
This black and white offering, though without the lurid color the studio is known for, still provides plenty of the typical Hammer chills and creepy atmosphere. This film also features a unique process we have dubbed “Kitty-Vision”- giving you the cat's-eye view of the devious proceedings. We'll tell you a little about the cast, including favorite Hammer siren Barbara Shelley as the loving niece- plus, we turn a courtroom into a cat room in a parody of a popular MeTV program- we bring you a new pussycat product- provide a song any alley cat would be proud to howl from the backyard fence- and bring back another memory of the good times when we could do public appearances.( hopefully, those times will return soon!)
“Shadow of the Cat” appears on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, check your local listings or at www.metv.com to find our start time and channel where you are. MeTV encourages our fans to live-Tweet on Twitter while watching our show on Saturday night. The turnout has been consistently amazing, making our show trend nationally among the most-mentioned topics! Make sure you use the hashtag #svengoolie on your Tweet. In Chicago this morning at 11 am on our main local station, CW26, those in our local viewing area can again enjoy the two-strip Technicolor terror of "Mystery of the Wax Museum"!
Many of you know that it’s Rondo voting time again- as fans vote for their favorites in many horror and sci fi categories. Once again, yours truly has been nominated for favorite horror show host in category 21- among a really huge field of notable hosts! And this year, I am very pleased and grateful that fans have decided to also put my name in write-in category 28- “The Monster Kid Hall of Fame”- a special honor for those who, over the years, have made an indelible mark on the world of classic horror appreciation. The important thing is- you should vote for your true favorites, no matter who or what they are- this is a great way to have your voice heard in the horror fandom community! You’ll find all the nominations, and all the rules ( PLEASE follow them- or your vote will not count!) at www.rondoaward.com You can vote in as few or as many categories as you wish- from just one to all of them- but make sure you submit ONLY ONE ballot- and that you vote before the deadline of April 25, 2021.
Thanks to our “Toon In With Me” pals for having Toony the Tuna transform into “Sventoonie” this past week! Before too long, that ghoul with gills will very likely be appearing on our show as well!
Meanwhile,no need to search out cat videos on the internet tonight- for feline fright , join us on MeTV!