Picks and Pans Review: Strays
USA (Wed., Dec. 18, 9 P.M. ET)
Timothy (thirtysomething) Busfield and Kathleen (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) Quinlan move to a house in the country with their baby for some peace and quiet. But the house has rats, big rats, and those are followed by cats—packs of vicious, territorial felines who want the house to themselves. The cats are lead by Monty, a gray British shorthair whose film pedigree includes Pet Sematary and Beaches. This movie, unfortunately, turns out to be a dog, a mangy horror flick utterly lacking in suspense.
Director John McPherson's idea of spooky is a lot of low-angle tracking shots to show us the cat's-eye view. The attack scenes are an absolute joke. Every time these felines "leap" onto someone's neck, you can see that the actors aren't wrestling them away—they're hugging them tightly to keep them in the shot. (Those temperamental stunt cats simply won't take direction.) The only really interesting aspect of this paw-paw patch is that the script was written by former Hardy Boy Shaun Cassidy.
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