The Uncanny

18

88 minutes – Horror
Language: English
Release date: August 26, 1977 (Canada) April 4, 1978 (United Kingdom)
Production company: Cinévidéo, The Rank Organization
Canadian distributor: Astral Films
U.K. distributor: Rank Film Distributors

The Uncanny is known as an anthology film. Within the same film, there are three different stories held together by the presence of cats. It opens in Montreal when writer Wilbur Gray (Peter Cushing) visits his publisher Frank Richards (Ray Milland) to discuss his new book about cats. Gray believes cats are supernatural creatures, the devil in disguise. He tells three tales to illustrate his thoughts:
– The first is set in London in 1912 and centres on Miss Malkin, a wealthy woman who rewrites her will leaving her fortune to her cats rather than to her nephew Michael. Her maid Janet, also the mistress of Michael, steals one copy of the will from the lawyer’s briefcase and tries to destroy the original copy which is kept in the safe. When Miss Malkin sees her attempt, Janet kills her. The cats avenge Miss Malkin’s death.
– In 1975, in the Province of Quebec, the orphan Lucy comes to live with her aunt Mrs. Blake, her husband, and her cousin Angela after the death of her parents in a plane crash. Lucy brings her only friend, the cat Wellington, but her mean cousin forces her parents to get rid of Wellington. Lucy uses her mother’s book of witchcraft to avenge Wellington.
– And in 1936, in Hollywood, the actor Valentine De’ath (Donald Pleasence) replaces the blade of a fake pendulum to kill his actress wife, and give his young mistress and aspiring actress Edina a chance. His wife’s cat avenges her death.

The British poster for The Uncanny was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.
Production began in Montreal on November 16, 1976.

The Uncanny, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Claude Héroux
René  Dupont
Milton Subotsky

Executive Producer:

Harold Greenberg
Robert A. Kantor
Richard R. St. Johns

Director:

Denis Héroux

Screenwriter:

Michel Parry

Cinematographer:

Harry Waxman

Editor:

Michel Guay
Keith Palmer
Peter Weatherley

Composer:

Wilfred Josephs

Production Designer:

Wolf Kroeger
Harry Pottle

Costume Designer:

Nicoletta Massone
Joyce Stoneman

Cast: Roles:

Peter Cushing
Ray Milland
Susan Penhaligon
Joan Greenwood
Roland Culver
Simon Williams
Donald Pilon
Alexandra Stewart
Chloe Franks
Katrina Holden Bronson
Renée Girard
Samantha Eggar
Donald Pleasence
John Vernon
Catherine Bégin
Jean LeClerc
Sean McCann

Wilbur Gray
Frank Richards
Janet
Miss Malkin
Wallace
Michael
Mr. Blake
Mrs. Joan Blake
Angela Blake
Lucy
Mrs. Maitland
Edina Hamilton
Valentine De’ath
Pomeroy
Madeleine
Barrington
The Inspector