Confessions of a Psycho Cat (1968)
Genre: Horror | Thriller | Erotic
Country: USA | Director: Herb Stanley
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 69mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 704×540 – 23.976fps – 1.23gb

A deranged, wealthy woman offers $100,000 to three men if they can stay alive for 24 hours in Manhattan, and then hunts them down.

One-shot movie director Herb Stanley relates the familiar “The Most Dangerous Game”-style premise with surprising style and panache: he keeps the pace rattling along at a speedy clip, develops a substantial amount of tension, makes inspired use of authentically seedy New York City locations, sprinkles in a generous amount of grisly violence, and stages the rousing hunting sequences with tremendous rip-roaring brio (the big back alley confrontation between Rocco and Virginia is an absolute corker with Virginia dressing up as a matador and taking Rocco on like a ferocious charging bull!).

Special kudos are in order for the inventive and impressive black and white cinematography: the overhead camera shots, distorted lens, askew angles, and lively hand-held camera-work ensure that this picture remains quite visually exciting throughout. The swinging groovy jazz score likewise does the trick.

The much-criticized tacked-on gratuitous female nude inserts and lurid soft-core sex scenes further enhance this film’s trashy appeal. Granted, the acting is decidedly hit or miss, with Lord’s gleefully nasty portrayal of the cackling and cunning Virginia rating as a definite stand-out. Moreover, the tight 69 minute running time qualifies as another major asset; this picture never drags and certainly delivers the mean’n’lean lowdown scuzzy goods. Highly recommended for exploitation cinema fans.


Confessions of a Psycho Cat (1968)