Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985) Movie Review

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Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985)

1985 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Comedy
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Stephen King's Cat's Eye Plot Synopsis:

Three horror-thriller tales revolve around a mysterious stray cat which is attempting to find a little girl in trouble. In "Quitters, Inc.": the cat is picked up by a shady New York City "doctor" who uses experimental techniques to get people to quit smoking. His latest client is a man named Morrison, who learns he'll suffer some terrible consequences if he tries to cheat. In "The Ledge": the cat is picked up by Cressner, a shady Atlantic City millionaire who forces tennis pro Norris (his wife's lover), to walk a narrow ledge around his high-rise penthouse apartment. In "The General": the cat arrives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where it is found by Amanda, the young girl it has been sent to protect. What she needs protection from is a tiny, evil troll who lives behind the skirting board in her bedroom.

Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985) Review

Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye (1985) is an American horror anthology movie that is also known as Cat’s Eye (1985). Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye is comprised of three stories, Quitters, Inc., The Ledge, and General, which are connected by a cat. Quitter Inc. and The Ledge are adaptations of short stories in Stephen King Night Shift collection. Director Lewis Teague (The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Cujo (1983), Navy Seals (1990)) did a phenomenal job directing Stephen King’s screenplay. The anthology movie contains violence, mild bad language, graphic images, suspense, intense moments and great scares. I will give a review of each segment.


A St. Bernard dog is seen chasing a grey cat. The cat was almost killed by a red 1958 Plymouth Fury. The cat found safety in a truck that is headed for New York City. Amanda (Drew Barrymore - Donnie Darko (2001), Scream (1996), Charlie’s Angels (2000), My Date with Drew (2004)) is seen in the intro pleading for her life while someone from Quitters, Inc. captures the cat.

Quitters, Inc.

Dick Morrison (James Woods - Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Casino (1995), The Virgin Suicides (1999), Videodrome (1983)) joined Quitters, Inc. to help him quit smoking cigarettes. Dr. Vinny Donatti (Alan King - Casino (1995), The Kraft Music Hall (1967), Energy Crisis (1974), Rush Hour 2 (2001)) is the counselor at the clinic. Vinny told Dick that something bad would happen to his wife and son every time he smokes a cigarette, and the horror/bad thing will increase every time he smokes a cigarette. Vinny showed Dick what will happen to his wife if he smokes a cigarette by using the cat that was captured. He placed the cat in a cage and locked it, then he used electric shock to hurt the cat. If Dick continues to smoke cigarettes, then his down syndrome daughter will undergo the electric shock as well, and his wife will be raped. Dick will have to witness every torment his family face if he smokes a cigarette.

What will happen to Dick if he smokes a cigarette for the fourth time? Will Dick overcome his smoking habits? Dick and Vinny got into a fight, and the cat was accidentally released from its cage. What is the second challenge Dick has to face? This segment was intriguing and kept me on my toes. I love every bit of it and has watched it more than once.

The Ledge

The cat is on a mission in this segment, he escaped Quitters, Inc., took the Staten Island Ferry and makes his way to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Johnny Norris (Robert Hays - Airplane! (1980), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), Angie (1979), Iron Man (1994)) is a gambler and former famous tennis player. Cressner (Kenneth McMillan - Amadeus (1984), Dune (1984), Runaway Train (1985)) is a casino owner and crime boss that bets that the cat can cross the busy road with cars and stay alive. Cressner was happy with his winnings and took the stray cat home. Cressner knows that his wife and Johnny is having an affair and kidnaps Johnny. He told Johnny that he would give his wife a divorce only if Johnny walked around the ledge of the penthouse. If Johnny refuses then Cressner will call the police to arrest Johnny for drugs. Cressner had his man plant drugs in Johnny’s car. Johnny completed the task with major interference from Cressnor only to find out that Cressner’s wife was murdered as Cressner offered him his wife’s severed head.

What will be the outcome? What will happen to Johnny? This segment was intense, and I actually felt terrible for Johnny. Will Johnny be arrested for the drugs in his car? Will Johnny seek revenge on Cressner if he makes it out alive? The cat has a role in the outcome of who stays alive.


The cat is on the move again as he makes his way to Wilmington, North Carolina on a freight train. Amanda (Drew Barrymore) adopts the cat and names him General. Amanda’s mother Sally Ann (Candy Clark - Zodiac (2007), American Graffiti (1973), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Blue Thunder (1983)) thinks that the cat will hurt their parakeet. The cat is angry that Sally Ann puts him out every night because that means that he cannot protect Amanda from a wicked troll that lives in their house. The cat/General finds his way into the house at night and fights with the troll after it killed the parakeet and tries to take Amanda’s breath away. The troll injured General’s shoulder with the small dagger he used to kill the bird. Sally Ann believes that General killed their parakeet and scheduled for him to be euthanized the next day.

General escapes from the shelter and makes his way back to Amanda. Will he be caught by Sally Ann? Will he reach in time to protect Amanda from the wicked troll? This segment had an awesome sweet ending with the cat.

The three segments are worth watching and every horror fan should watch Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye at least once in their lifetime. The screenplay was well written but I wish the last segment had a little more meat and action to it. The actors did a great job with their roles and the music was great. The special effects could have been better but it was overall good. The cinematography was good. The sets was really good for a 1980’s movie. I love this movie and will introduce my kids to it when they get older.

  • Stephen King's Cat's Eye Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.13
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • MetaCritic: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7

About Stephen King's Cat's Eye 1985

Title: Stephen King's Cat's Eye
AKA: Cat's Eye
Year: 1985
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.57/5 stars from 19,963 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 19,963 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Stephen King's Cat's Eye Cast Starring: Frank Welker, Charles S. Dutton, Drew Barrymore, James Woods, James Rebhorn, Candy Clark, Laura Warner, Tim Parati, Patricia Kalember, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays, Patricia Benson, Mary D'Arcy, Jack Dillon, Susan Hawes, Shelly Burch, Sal Richards, Jesse Doran, Mike Starr, Bill Hitchcock, James Naughton, Alan King, Tony Munafo, Court Miller, Russell Horton
Stephen King's Cat's Eye Writers: NA
Stephen King's Cat's Eye Director: Lewis Teague
Language: English
Country: USA, Netherlands