UNINVITED (1988) Reviews and overview

 

‘You’ll never look at a cat the same way again!’

Uninvited is a 1988 American science fiction horror film written, produced and directed by Greydon Clark (The Return; Satan’s CheerleadersWithout Warning). The movie stars George Kennedy, Alex CordClu Gulager, Toni Hudson and Eric Larson. Also known as The Uninvited 

Plot:

A sinister corporation loses control of a cat that has been infected with a malignant genetically engineered virus. As the death toll rises during its savage rampage, the feline-abomination is taken aboard a criminal kingpin’s ship by two female co-eds. The mutant cat-within-a-cat kills the vessel’s doomed passengers, one by one…

Vinegar Syndrome released Uninvited newly restored in 4K from the 35mm original camera negative on January 29, 2019. Both the U.S. and international versions are included, plus alternate cover art.

Special features:

Region A Blu-ray/DVD combo (due to studio restrictions)
Newly scanned & restored in 4k from the 35mm original camera negative
Commentary track with director Greydon Clark
Alternate International edit (93min)
“That Darn Mutant Cat!” – an interview with cinematographer Nicholas von Sternberg
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles

Reviews:

“Still, for 80s cheese movie fans, the premise and hand-puppet cat creature alone merit this a look. Director Clark (who also wrote, produced and has a cameo during the opening sequence) might not be a genre luminary, but he does come up with some amusingly absurd concepts.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

“As if you wouldn’t root for a mutant cat to begin with, Uninvited’s ferocious feline is a bit of a vigilante. Most of its victims – whose blood becomes poisoned by the creature’s bite – are people who are doing bad things. Only toward the last act is this aspect abandoned, opting instead for a slasher motif in which everyone is fair game.” Broke Horror Fan

“As a novelty act, Uninvited is a true winner, but prepare yourself for some major tedium whenever the ol’ puss isn’t onscreen. Greydon Clark’s writing and directing skills are somewhere near the bottom of the barrel, and as such his product is often hit-or-miss.” CineBomb

“The monster in Uninvited, resembling a Muppet reject that’s always popping out of a cat’s mouth, is so obviously faked as to invite uninvited laughter […] rather than trust in his own abilities, Clark resorts to Alien clichés.” John Stanley, Creature Features book

” …a fun and goopy checks notes killer cat on a yacht flick. I’m still unsure what glob of cultural goo Clark was grabbing for, but I’ve always appreciated his mud-pie approach, and this one ends up being a messy, grainy, blob of glorious nonsense.” Daily Dead

“Maybe it’s just the slapped together killer cat puppet but it feels like the whole of the picture was shot in about three days. I’m sure this is not the case, as according to comments left on his official website, www.greydonclark.com, Greydon used his own pool to shoot the interior of the sinking ship. Proof that he gave it his all, despite budgetary limitations in getting Uninvited in the can.” DVD Drive-In

“This is a perfect example of a filmmaker having a good idea, but not enough talent or budget to make a film as good as the idea…yes, I just said that a story about a cat with a with poisonous saliva oozing monster living inside of it was a good idea […] That sounds pretty crazy and it is, but my favorite thing about this film is how perfectly horrible all of the dialogue and acting are! It’s ridiculous.”. Happyotter

“Granted, cats are often presented as villains or at least omens of death in movies, but few grow to mutant size and/or have smaller mutant cats coming out of their host’s mouth. And whether Clark didn’t understand basic continuity or just didn’t care, I don’t know, but either way, the cat keeps changing size throughout the movie, sometimes more than once in the same scene.” Horror Movie a Day

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“There’s only one reason to watch this movie, and that’s to see the mutated cat kill some of these people. Kill them he does, usually in fun, gory ways that really get you hooting and hollering. I haven’t laughed this loud at death scenes in a while. They aren’t everything they could be by any means, but damn, some of them are really enjoyable.” Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

“Even for a movie made in 1987 this has horrid effects (be it bladder effects, creature or otherwise) and they go perfectly with the clunky dialogue, shitty attack scenes and a lifeboat finale that’s the cherry on the desert (let’s just say if my eyes could roll any further back in my head…). The tedium sets in early in this one which may explain why it took me five sittings to get all the way through…” The Video Graveyard

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Cast and characters:

George Kennedy … Mike Harvey
Alex Cord … Walter Graham – Chosen Survivors
Clu Gulager … Albert
Toni Hudson … Rachel
Eric Larson … Martin
Clare Carey … Bobbie
Beau Dremann … Lance
Rob Estes … Corey
Shari Shattuck … Suzanne
Michael Holden … Daryl Perkins
Austin Stoker … Caribbean Officer
Cecile Callan … Girl in Pizza Parlor
Jack Heller … Hotel Concierge
Gina Schinasi … Bartender
Ron Presson … Man at Gas Station

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