February 26, 2017


The Uncanny – 1977 | 89 mins | Horror | Colour


Plot Synopsis

The Uncanny

A major co-production treaty with Canada gave Milton Subotsky a quick opportunity to exploit the arrangement, and The Uncanny (1976) represents his first, post-Amicus attempt to concoct another of his cherished horror anthologies. This one is three tales of horror built around maleficent felines, stars Peter Cushing and Ray Milland and is very mediocre indeed. In his usual fashion, Subotsky laid the blame, in notably vicious terms, at the door of its Canadian director, Denis Heroux.

A Montreal-based author, Wilbur Gray (Peter Cushing), convinced that cats are conspiring to replace the human race as masters of the earth, narrates three bizarre tales of feline terror. Gray attempts to sell his cautionary manuscript to an initially cynical prospective publisher (Ray Milland). Cushing recounts three stories involving the murder of a wealthy widow in London, a supernatural tale from Quebec and the final story is set in the world of Hollywood filmmaking.

Production Team

Denis Héroux: Director
Harry Waxman: Cinematography
Peter Weatherley: Editing
Keith Palmer: Editing
Michel Guay: Editing
Wilfred Josephs: Original Music
Milton Subotsky: Producer
Claude Héroux: Producer
Wolf Kroeger: Production Design
Harry Pottle: Production Design
Michel Parry: Script
Nicolas Le Messurier: Sound Department
Gordon K McCallum: Sound Department


Peter Cushing: Wilbur Gray
Ray Milland: Frank Richards
Joan Greenwood: Miss Malkin
Roland Culver: Wallace
Susan Penhaligon: Janet
Simon Williams: Michael
Alexandra Stewart: Mrs Blake
Donald Pilon: Mr Blake
Chloe Franks: Angela
Katrina Holden: Lucy
Renée Girard: Mrs Maitland
Donald Pleasence: Valentine De\’ath
Samantha Eggar: Edina Hamilton

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