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STRAYS - 2 Slimes
Copyright 1991 MIE
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Lindsey - Possessive of her husband to the point of being irrational, not the one I'd pick in a cat fight.
  • Paul - Our strong male lead, equipped with lightning reflexes and an impressive dog.
  • Tessa - The little daughter, she doesn't do much other than cry.
  • Claire - Lindey's sister and emotional leech, dies after plummeting ten feet. (Even though a table breaks her fall.)
  • Benny - Paul's mop of a dog.
  • Telephone Guy - How an average tomcat killed him we'll never know.
  • The Vet - You think country doctors are old and grumpy? Try some guy who has to stick his arm in cows now and then.
  • The "Alpha" Cat - Leader of a pack of carnivorous kittens. Tries to chew through a power line, just like the shark in "Jaws 2."

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The Plot: 

Worries are common enough when buying a home, but I doubt on anyone's checklist is the all important note to inspect the grounds for a pack of deadly felines. Such is the pitfall Paul and Lindsey fall into, though she is more worried about her sister (On the bounce from a failed marriage.) making moves on her man. I am personally not afraid of your standard house cat, but when smashing the thing between a door and the wall only makes it angry - well I'd go and get a bat. Watching a horde of cats staring intently at something off camera, which I suspect was a mouse toy or little tuft of fur on a string, is funny. Now imagine actors trying to get into the role while being stalked by the cameraman, great stuff! One scene really jumps to mind, when the Alpha Cat is trying to scratch it's way through a pillow to get at Lindsey and Tessa. There is obviously someone crouched under the camera and using a pair of sticks with cat paws on the end. (I kid you not, almost fell off the couch laughing.) Perhaps the perfect use for this film is torturing your own cat, just turn up the surround sound and watch it run wild trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Cats travel in packs.
  • Animal crackers are an invaluable teaching aid.
  • A roof in need of serious repairs will not allow water to ruin ceilings inside the house.
  • Cats can kill a person by jumping on them.
  • Being sprayed with urine will not wake you up.
  • Cats have giant bladders.
  • Cats can claw their way through a wooden door in seconds.
  • Never lie down in a driveway.
  • Felines can only be destroyed by applying high voltage current.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Cat cam!
  • 6 mins - This cat must be eight feet tall!
  • 18 mins - A cat hit the car and knocked it off the road. Huh?
  • 28 mins - The telephone guy found rats in the cellar, but she is setting all the traps in her attic?
  • 29 mins - Now the tow truck driver finds a perfectly good truck, in the middle of the driveway, so he tows it. (After being told to retrieve their car from a ditch.) Plus he turned it around somehow?
  • 44 mins - Paul and Lindsey do not know what "feral" means? One is a lawyer and the other is a writer!
  • 60 mins - Any reason that cat is on the chandelier?
  • 67 mins - Oh sure, the cat fit through that hole in the glass...

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note strays1.wav Paul: "Oh, it does have a certain charm - in an Amityville kind of way."
Green Music Note strays2.wav Killer cat sounds! (Download and drive your kitty insane.)
Green Music Note strays3.wav Lindsey: "Could we at least call a vet?"
Paul: "Lindsey I don't need a vet to teach me how cats behave. I know how they behave; that's why I have a dog."
Green Music Note strays4.wav Paul and the vet talking about deadly cats.

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Comments:Write CommentPages: 1 [2]
Reply #9. Posted on February 27, 2005, 10:40:38 PM by didi
I used to think this movie was scary when I was a kid.  They were posessed (or something) because they were able to scratch through doors (?)
Reply #10. Posted on July 07, 2004, 11:06:37 PM by Upsala
Definately in the top ten of best worst movies.  the cast is mostly seasoned actors who have shown their talents to better use elsewhere. The main cat is over the top.
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sora the B-Movie Alchemist
My dad hates cats, naturally he loved this movie.

Sora the B-Movie Alchemist's Ratings
Violence: *
Goofiness: ***
Monster: *
Actors: *
Overall: **
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by itttt
Bad movie I hate when a commen house pet is eather killed or the killer. So I don't like Strays ,Mans best friend, Crio, or Corps Grinders (thats about killer cats).
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by MadKalnod
This movie was divine retribution, I'm sure of it.  My brother and I were watching the Sci-Fi Channel late one night, and this movie came on.  We were about to change the channel when Claudia Christian's name appeared in the opening credits.
"Hey, Claudia Christian" I said, "This was back before she got famous for Babylon 5.  It's a cheap horror movie, maybe she gets naked.  At the very least, she's got to strip down to her underwear."
And so we forced ourselves to watch, in the vain hope of seeing Claudia Cleavage.  Nothing but the unspeakable pain of this movie's inanity followed, and eventually Claudia's character dies stupidly without ever having taken off so much as her shoes.  (Yes, this movie was so painful that I was willing to sieze upon even a few frames of Claudia barefoot as enough exposed flesh to qualify as a silver lining to the ordeal)  But by that point, it was too late to turn back, and there was no choice but to ride it out to the bitter end, stupid sequel-promising coda and all.  Because I had come to a realization:  We chose to watch Strays motivated solely by lust, and we were punished for that sin....
Re: Strays
Reply #14. Posted on August 11, 2008, 10:58:28 AM by schmendrik
Remember seeing this one on cable when it came out. Timothy Busfield had just come off a long run as co-star of the baby-boomer series "Thirtysomething" (which we loved as thirty-something boomers, even though our lives looked nothing like those peoples'). What a comedown!

My biggest laugh moment was when he's holding the fuzzy kitty up to his neck and trying to pretend that it's attacking him.

There are probably ways to make housecats look ferocious if you're going to put them in a horror movie. This wasn't it.
Re: Strays
Reply #15. Posted on January 14, 2009, 04:17:42 PM by billy


that movie sounds like a great horror flims. did you guys know I know a lot
about the strays. that gray cat killed a old lady and the other cats had been
in his spell ever since. I seened it happened on Scifi ten years ago. I always
wanted this movie but maybe some day I may find it.
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