I’m a cat person. And please, make no mistake that my dogs are adequately spoiled if not more so than their feline counterparts in the Manhammer abode. Ultimately I am permitted to live here by the cats though, so long as I feed them and pay attention to them on their schedules. So, when a film like Hell’s Kitty comes along, I really can’t not review it, now can I?
Hell’s Kitty is a 2018 film adaptation of a comic book/web series written and directed by Nicholas Tana, who also stars. As anyone who’s ever owned a cat can tell you, they’re moody little snots who can turn on you in a heartbeat. Nick’s cat, Angel is no different. Eh, actually she is different because she’s very possessive of her human, scratching, mauling, and eventually murdering anyone who tries to come between them.
The film is framed with sequences of Nick explaining his plight to a therapist, while the rest of the story is told in vignettes, serving it’s web series roots rather well and allowing for numerous cameos. Among the familiar faces who pop up we’ve got Doug Jones as one half of a duo of priests hoping to exorcise Angel, Nina Hartley aptly playing a dominatrix, Michael Berryman, and Adrienne Barbeau among many others of the “I know them!” variety.
The humor is absurd, self-aware, and honestly, pretty damn funny at times. Probably my favorite gag in the whole film was when Nick is paid a visit by Isaiah and Mordecai (parodying the creepy kids from the original Children of the Corn, and played by the same actors) and Isaiah picks up a copy of “Kids Who Love Corn” by “Steven King.” A good runner-up would be the nod to Psycho were Nick’s neighbor confesses his love for Nick…. while he’s showering. Of course, Nick drops the soap.
Hell’s Kitty is a competent and entertaining low budget film that succeeds by never taking itself too seriously. It’s a fun movie probably best watched with friends after having a few beers (there’s even an official drinking game), but I managed to highly enjoy it sober and alone, much like most of Uncle Manhammer’s Saturday nights. The audio can get off sync or overdub oddly in places, but it’s not really a dealbreaker unless you’re highly bothered by such things.
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