Icono-cats of Horror

This post was inspired by a stray cat that happened upon my porch not all too long ago. There's absolutely nothing scary or creepy about it, she's actually rather nice. She had kittens the day we met her and since then, I've had cats on the brain. So to alleviate this, I figured a related post would be a good thing. With the help of some friends at The Horror Mansion, I've put together a short list of some of the most memorable horror movies involving our four-legged friends.

The Corpse Grinders


Whether or not you like cats, I think it's safe to agree cats like meat; fish, chicken, beef and pork...and apparently human. In The Corpse Grinders, when sales are down at the Lotus Cat Food Company, a decision is made to cut costs by digging up corpses and adding them to the recipe. The unfortunate side effect is the local cats quickly begin to favor the soylent treat over all else, causing a homicidal spree of blood-thirsty cats. Here, kitty, kitty...


"All I ask for is a saucer of cream and we can call it even."

In this bizarre Stephen King adaptation, a supernatural mother/son duo moves to a new town in search of a virgin to feed on and thus breed.

I'll let you read that again. Done cringing? Good, let's continue.

These psychic powered super creatures are a major threat to the town, but they have one natural enemy that turns these predators into scared prey...can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: His name is Clovis.

Cat's Eye

"I'm gonna hug 'im and love 'im and squeeze 'im and..."

Another Stephen King adaptation, based on three separate stories ("Quitters, Inc" and "The Ledge" from Night Shift and "General", which was unique for the film), Cat's Eye involves a cat that makes a cross-state journey to save a little girl in danger. Each story is a bizarre tale involving a creepily efficient anti-smoking company, a man who makes progressively dangerous bets and the previously mentioned little girl, who finds the cat and adopts him. And yes, that's Drew Barrymore up there.

Ju-On (The Grudge)

...I got nothing. This kid is too fucking creepy.

This is an exceptionally creepy Japanese tale based on a curse that resides when a person dies while experiencing either of two emotional extremes: rage or fear. In the film, one of the ghosts encountered is the fused spirit of a boy and a cat. This is easily one of the creepiest entries on the list as well as one of the better American remakes. If you've not seen it, go do so...after you finish reading this post.

Hocus Pocus

...this was a Disney movie?

Back when Disney movies were admittedly kinda fun, they made a movie about three soul stealing witches, the Sanderson Sisters, called Hocus Pocus. In this relatively tame, yet still somewhat morbid movie, the Sisters are resurrected when a virgin lights their black flame candle. A major part of the story involves young Thackery Binx who is turned into an immortal cat and forced to guard the witches' home for three hundred years. I guess he's really not that young anymore then, yeah?

Pet Sematary

I see your new contacts came in today...

One of the most loved and remembered films on the list, Pet Sematary is yet another Stephen King adaptation about a family that loses their young son, Gage, in an awful accident outside their home. In the story, the family cat, Church, is killed on the same road and is buried in an old burial ground, only to return as something...evil.

So there we have six iconic horror movies that involve cats. There are definitely more that could go on here. How about some of you, my dear readers, list some more of your favorites in the comments below?

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