Uninvited (1988) Review: Crooks, Coeds, Cat
“It Has Nine Lives… You Only Have One!”
Synopsis: A sinister corporation loses control of a house cat infected with a genetically engineered virus. The death toll rises during the mutant feline’s rampage and, eventually, it finds its way on board the yacht of a criminal kingpin.
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I don’t know what I was expecting from Uninvited, but either way, I wasn’t correct. This surprisingly straight-faced ’80s flick feels like a mashup between Weekend at Bernie’s and Gremlins – complete with Wall Street crooks and evil puppets. If you like those movies, you’ll probably find Uninvited fairly entertaining.
A group of coeds schmooze their way onto a yacht owned by business mogul Walter Graham as it makes its way to the Caribbean. Despite barely being invited themselves, the girls bring their boyfriends aboard, as well as a cat they’ve just adopted that apparently escaped from a research facility. Things quickly go south as it’s revealed that – gasp! – the mogul and his henchmen (George Kennedy and Clu Gulager) are actually crooks and the cat is actually some sort of murderfluff.
Uninvited manages to combine the good kids vs. bad crooks plot with a monster movie plot fairly well. For fun, it also throws in a survival theme – the yacht ends up dead in the water as the passengers get picked off one by one. The cat and corpse special effects are surprisingly good, considering both the premise and the general production quality of the movie. (The sound for the movie isn’t even mixed properly; there are a number of times when cast vocals are unintelligible due to an overly loud soundtrack.) It’s also a babe-heavy flick, and though there’s no actual T&A, we do see an awful lot of sideboob.
This horror mashup isn’t quality cinema, but it’s surprisingly adequate. Fans of ’80s movies especially should give it a try. It’s also got an astonishing number of fantastically cheesy promo posters:
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+
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