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)

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry’s formative years were spent watching classic monster movies (starting with "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Godzilla Vs. the Thing") and TV series (starting with "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits"), Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features" and Roy Shires’ Big Time Wrestling (two northern California legends); reading Silver Age and Bronze Age Gold Key, Dell, Charlton, Marvel, and DC comics; and writing mimeographed newsletters about the original "Planet of the Apes" film and TV series. More recently, he has written for "Filmfax" magazine, is the foreign correspondent reporter for the "Horror News Radio" podcast, and is a regular contributing writer to "Phantom of the Movies’s VideoScope" magazine, occasionally proudly co-writing articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.

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