Cathy’s Curse

Thirty years ago George Gimble’s father and sister were killed in a car crash and he has now returned to the family home along with his wife and daughter.  Vivian, George’s wife is getting over a nervous breakdown and as soon as his daughter Cathy enters the house her behaviour starts to change.  Cathy finds an old doll in the attic and immediately falls in love with it, unfortunately that doll and the scary painting of George’s dead sister are possessed.  The entity soon takes a hold of the youngster, which means we’re in Exorcist/Omen rip-off territory.

The spirit takes an instant dislike to everyone who comes into contact with Cathy apart from her father and soon enough the old dear who does the cleaning is the first to be knocked off.  The local handyman’s dog knows something is up and constantly barks or backs away from the youngster.  When a crazy old medium turns up for a cup of tea, she senses all is not well and gets some serious bad vibes off a photograph of George’s father.

Cathy’s Curse is a dusty old relic from the seventies and has only been available for years in crusty old prints.  Severin have restored the film (and the alternative US cut) and it looks absolutely gorgeous.  It’s full of whacked-out music and the attire worn by the cast means the fashion police should be able to get a few arrests.

It’s all rather gormless with some woeful performances from some cast members (Randi West as Cathy is pretty great though) and some seriously cheap effects, but it all clicks together in some wild and crazy way.  The extras include an interview with Cathy herself (Randi West) forty years on, a commentary and a trailer full of spoilers.

I’ve never seen Cathy’s Curse until today and to be fair I found it quite a giggle.  Give it a try and you’re soon see a movie where everyone likes to say the word ‘bitch’ a lot.

  • Starring Alan Scarfe  Beverley Murray  Randi West  Roy Witman  Linda Koot
  • Director Eddy Matalon
  • Distributor Severin Films