Writer/director Christopher Jopp delivers an amusing horror short with a decidedly 1980s vibe with Meow. This fun, wicked work recalls the best television terror anthology shows from that decade, but rises above being a simple throwback exercise.
Samantha (Eleonore Dendy in a charming performance) has just moved into her own apartment. Her mother (Nancy Marvy) is concerned about Samantha being lonely, and when the young woman suggests that she might get a cat to keep her company, her mom advises otherwise. Samantha’s by-the-numbers landlord (Charles Hubbell, who boasts a good number of credits in independent horror features and shorts, and provides a pitch-perfect vibe here) reminds her that her rental contract expressly forbids pets. Nevertheless, she takes in a stray cat and bloody mayhem begins, starting with an ill-fated visit by a pizza delivery man (M.P. Johnson in an enjoyable turn).
Christopher Jopp nails the eighties ambience perfectly, from the lurid colors on display to the pulsing synthesizer score by Fangg, to the arch performances he coaxes from his admirable cast. He also adds engaging touches such as cat’s-eye view perspective. Kevin Horn‘s cinematography in those sequences and throughout Meow is first rate.
Meow’s story offers some unexpected moments, and serves up some humorous moments along with its diabolical ones. The cat gets bloody, people get bloody, and Christopher Jopp takes viewers on a tantalizing trip to uncover what the cause of it all is.
Meow screened at FilmQuest Film Festival (Provo, Utah, September 8–16, 2017).
(4.5 / 5)