The Uncanny (1977) - Horror

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Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: Denis Héroux
Stars: Peter Cushing, Ray Milland
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 12 out of 45 found boring (26.66%)

One-line Reviews (49)

Directed by Denis Heroux I generally like horror anthologies & I found The Uncanny rather enjoyable for the most part, I always look for pacey tales with a nice twist ending & The Uncanny manages to fulfil my criteria two out of three times which isn't a bad ratio I suppose.

1 knows what's going on, and somehow follows the two on the set – one night, when Eggar and Pleasence stay behind to rehearse a torture scene involving the former held in the grip of an iron maiden, the feline makes sure that she gets a taste of it (after which it turns on Pleasence himself)!

The ideas themselves are actually quite good, but they are dragged down by poor performances and some excruciatingly bad special effects

‘The Uncanny' is far from a great movie, but it has enough redeeming features to make the film enjoyable for one watch.

But what really hurts this movie is that the three stories are painfully predictable, with elements that you've seen in countless anthology films of this kind.

Very Entertaining .

Creaky but enjoyable.

Maybe it's the fact that it only has three stories (the other Amicus ones tend to have four or five) and so each little tale seems far more drawn out than it really needs to be.

With regard to the three tales, the first one is too long; the second one is far the best; and the last one is only reasonable.

It's not a very original tale, but quite entertaining to watch and the finale is suitably unsettling.

The stories themselves are routine and predictable, completely lacking even an attempt at any sort of twist ending.

Rather exciting actually.

Worth watching if you like horror, cats and a good starring cast.

THE UNCANNY is a mildly fun film, worth watching if you're not expecting too much, and if you like the work of some respected actors.

There are plenty of negative reviews here but personally I really enjoyed it.

The second story is worth watching as it features hilariously bad back-projection effects, as well as a truly obnoxious girl who gets her just desserts.

This movie is often melodramatic, but in a campy, enjoyable way.

Out on the streets, Cushing himself falls foul of a bunch of stray cats who attack him without any provocation (a twist ending which, however, is both repetitive – having already seen the cats 'working' on Susan Penhaligon's character from the first episode – and unwarranted, since the book-into-the-fire image would have provided a more fitting closure)!

Inane, but entertaining horror anthology .

But there's a feel to this film that makes it enjoyable nonetheless, a guilty pleasure that you would watch with your friends late at night while your parents are in another room.


The final chapter stars horror veteran Donald Pleasence in a potentially fascinating role and the story itself is okay, if very derivative and clichéd.

The Uncanny then ends on another confusing & pointless poem 'And gaze into your gazing eyes and wonder in a demi dream what mystery it is that lies behind those slits that glare and gleam' this one being credited to Giles Lytton Strachey.

Director Denis Heroux keeps the enjoyable stories moving along at a snappy pace, treats the endearingly asinine premise with admirable misguided seriousness, makes a game, albeit futile attempt at making cats appear scary and menacing (the constant zoom in close-ups of snarling and hissing felines are positively hysterical!

Despite the fact that this story features drowning kittens; it's very funny and mostly unexpected and I'd say this story just about saves the film.

However, to those (like myself)who believe there is a great deal more to the humble housecat than meets the eye then this film can be chilling and thoroughly entertaining.

And as a fan I have to say that anything Cushing applied himself to was worth watching.

Angela is one of those malicious, conniving brats who, in boredom, looks for ways to torment Lucy, like using a model (and motorized) airplane as a means to remind her of why she has to stay with her aunt and uncle (yea, classy this cousin).

Dull and lifeless, it also makes a mockery of its own central premise.

Not a masterpiece, but enjoyable if you don't take it too seriously .

It is a slow moving film and entirely predictable.

There is a wonderful blend of suspenseful horror and quite graphic scenes of violence which culminate to make this segment enduring to the viewer.

Though some of the special effects leave something to be desired, the first two stories are well-written and entertaining.

The soundtrack is very repetitive, monotonous and boring.

There's not many films you see like this, and although it won't win any positive awards, i found it very entertaining to watch.

The second, "good child / evil child", story is extremely badly acted, utterly predictable, with tedious clichés.

Replete with endless shots of disinterested moggies (presumably being teased by an out-of-shot toy mouse) and fluorescent red paint (supposed to be blood), 'The Uncanny' is a tedious dud.

The stories are dull, predictable and poorly executed.

Easily the most horrific and by far the most entertaining, this segment would receive 8/10 from me.

The second story has an unpredictable ending, watch for it.

Each bipedal character is a full-blown walking stereotype who talks like a robot, and is hence predictable nearly every step of the way.

My summary may seem like I hated this movie, and I actually didn't, but it just felt rather mundane at times.

Although quite amusing in parts due to the bad special effects this film was still very entertaining (in a good way) and I actually enjoyed the second story the most.

This segment may not be up to the standard of the first, but it certainly adds the credibility back to the film and is enjoyable enough.

The movie begins promisingly enough with the first tale managing to be both suspenseful and quite bloody.

The whole scene is gripping from start to finish and whatever animal climax movie you get into, this one sets off the scene chillingly.

In my opinion, this segment is by far the most enjoyable of the three.

Not even fun in a sort of "So bad it's good," way, "The Uncanny" is a dull, listless and at times thoroughly unpleasant little film that is best avoided - and Cushing's only in it for about 10 minutes, so it's not even worth watching for him.

While one can obviously see that the intention from director Denis Héroux (his final directorial effort) and writer Michel Parry (who went on to co-write the underrated sci-fi/horror fest ‘Xtro') was to create a suspenseful and unnerving film, the recurrent sequences which border on non-eventful lead the viewer to become bored, thus lessening the impact of the movie.