Cat out of hell: Hell’s Kitty movie review

AngelPhoto: Wild Eye Releasing
AngelPhoto: Wild Eye Releasing /

A delightfully funny spoof on the horror genre, Hell’s Kitty is a bloody horror-comedy best enjoyed over drinks with a few good friends.

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Hell’s Kitty, adapted from a web series and comic book of the same name, was inspired by writer and director Nicholas Tana’s real life experience living with an extremely possessive cat. This flick has it all: A zombie with a foot fetish, a laser gun wielding killer clown, a set of creepy priests, an elderly dominatrix, and two completely inexplicable dance numbers. The gags never stop and never go longer than they should.

There seems to be something wrong with Angel. Nick (Tana), an out of luck writer living in L.A., is having trouble finding his muse. It’s not that he can’t find a woman he’s attracted to, it’s just that every time he brings someone back to his place, his cat Angel starts acting strange… almost like its possessed.

Angel Photo: Wild Eye Releasing
Angel Photo: Wild Eye Releasing /

Paying homage to classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, Children of the Corn, and PsychoKitty parodies the tried and true tropes of the genre while obviously not taking itself too seriously. And yes, before you ask, there is an obligatory “cat got your tongue” joke.

Plagued by intense, often sexual, nightmares, our protagonist confides with his therapist to try to figure exactly what is going on with Angel, but nothing Dr. Laurie Strodes (a play on Jamie Lee Curtis’ character in Halloween and portrayed by Nina Kate) suggests seems to be working. With his goofy neighbor Adam (played by the hilarious Adam Rucho) at his side, Nick must seek out alternative methods to dealing with his out of control cat, before its too late.

Michael BerrymanPhoto: Wild Eye Releasing
Michael BerrymanPhoto: Wild Eye Releasing /

Chock-full of cameos by horror/genre stars of past and present, Hell’s Kitty is a film by a horror movie lover for other horror movie lovers. Michael Berryman (of The Hills Have Eyes fame) plays the role of Detective Pluto, who comes by Nick’s apartment to question him about the disappearance of an old fling of his. Making the most of his one scene role, Berryman, in a surprisingly funny turn, munches on a severed finger like its a baby carrot.

For cat lovers and B-Movie fans alike, Hell’s Kitty is a horror-comedy film you won’t want to miss. Although feeling a bit slow in the middle, the unexpected twist at the climax will have you laughing out loud and wondering what the hell you’ve just watched by the time the credits roll.

Hell’s Kitty will be available on all VOD platforms March 13, 2018 and on DVD March 27, 2018, via Wild Eye Releasing.