Movie Review: Hell’s Kitty is a Disappointing Cameo Packed Horror Comedy

Struggling screen writer Nick has got a problem with pussy…namely his cat angel, a demonically possessed feline that attacks any woman that gets within ten feet of our hero. Desperate Nick tries any method possible (including sleeping with her on a bed strewn with rose petals, an exorcism, and a seance…same things really) to try and get his cat to stop maiming and mutilating the female of the species, but with little success…and to complicate matters the nasty hairball’s victims suffer a form of rotting disease. Will Nick ever be able to tame that wild beast and have a normal love life?

Let’s start with the positives…I’m glad Hell’s Kitty was an hour and a half and not two hours. Also some of the make-up effects are descent, and the cameos (though forced) were entertaining enough and included the likes of legends such as Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Shape of Water), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Escape From New York, Swamp Thing), and Children of the Corn alums John Franklin and Courtney Gains to name a few. Too bad they are wasted here…

While I believe it’s heart is in the right place, and Writer/Director/Lead Actor Nicholas Tana’s love of our beloved horror biz is obvious…this picture falls completely flat. The constant horror references are more annoying than amusing, the jokes never, ever hit their mark, the pacing is all over the map, and the lighting (from adequate to under lit and back again) and cinematography vary so wildly from scene to scene that I would swear they just threw the camera (cellphone?) to whoever was closest and just said “go with it”. Also, I’m not completely sure, but co-star Adam Rucho sounds dubbed in every scene he appears in…why? Who the hell knows…or cares…

Look, I don’t enjoy shitting on anyone’s parade, and kudos to Tana for both getting the picture made, showing much love to the genre, and gathering such an impressive roster of fright flick greats…but Hell’s Kitty just misses the mark completely.




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