The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Cathy’s Curse (1980)

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After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

VHS cover of Cathy's Curse

People love to rip off other films. This is something that happens frequently today, mainly with the direct-to-DVD/SyFy Channel companies like The Asylum, but it’s no new concept. The practice has been going on for years. For example, in the early 70s when The Exorcist came out a number of copycats soon followed. There was even a Blaxploitation version called Abby. Most are terrible but some still retain a glimmer of fun. This week we take a look at one by the name of Cathy’s Curse (made in 1977, released in 1980). Here is not only a possession movie but it manages to work in a bit of influence from The Omen, which was only released the previous year. This film is quite far from perfect, but there are a few moments of brilliance.

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