Confessions of a Psycho Cat [DVD] [1968]

This disjointed exploitation "roughie" take on The Most Dangerous Game has earned a small legion of admirers due to its disorienting plotting and construction, as well as the stunt casting of a dissolute Jake La Motta as one of the targets of Virginia's deranged "hunts." A fair amount of aggressive sex and violence is also a selling point, although the prurient material seems to have been added after the film's completion (there's no saying which of the directors -- Herb Stanley or Eve -- is responsible for which part of the film, as nothing is known about either of these undoubtedly pseudonymous personalities). The exaggerated camera angles, haphazard editing, and truly grotesque performances (especially La Motta and Eileen Lord as the Psycho Cat herself) make for a memorably bizarre viewing experience, which is made all the more perverse by the loopy manhunt story line and the characters' cut-rate psychological motivation. For fans of extreme exploitation, Confessions of a Psycho Cat delivers the kinky goods. According to exploitation historian Bill Landis, the film made the rounds in New York's 42nd Street theaters for over a decade after its initial release. The Something Weird Video and Image Entertainment DVD provides considerable bang for the buyer's buck. The digitally remastered print and original trailer are accompanied by a second grindhouse feature, 1965's Hot Blooded Woman, as well as a wealth of sexploitation trailers and a bleak short feature, Preface to a Life, starring Don Murray as a slowly unraveling small-town citizen.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Bad Girl sexploitation trailers for "Bad Girls Don't Cry," "Come Play With Me," "Fuego," "In Hot Blood," "Olga's House of Shame," "Ride the Wild Pink Horse," "Spoiled Rotten," "Stefania," and "Submission"
  • Archival short subject: Mental Illness eats away small-town U.S.A. and turns Don Murray ["Bus Stop"] into a woman-hating semi-psycho in 1950's grim 28-minute preface to a life
  • Extra added attraction: a go-go girl goes nuts after she's sent to the loony bin for trying to kill her cheating hubby and stripping to shock a shrink in Dale Berry's deranged 68-minute 1965 skin-and-sleaze fest, "Hot-Blooded Woman"
  • Gallery of sexploitation art
  • Sexploitation radio-spot rarities

Synopsis

Confessions of a Psycho Cat
The Most Dangerous Game gets a slightly sleazy big-city re-write in this classic exploitation-thriller. Virginia (Eileen Lord) is a high-strung, borderline psychotic socialite from a wealthy Manhattan family. Virginia was planning on joining her equally crazed brother for a hunting trip abroad, but when Virginia is forbidden to attend, she decides to set up some interesting big game hunting of her own. Virginia persuades three down-and-out men -- failing actor Freeman, pathetic drug addict Buddy, and down-on-his-luck wrestler Rocco (Jake LaMotta) -- to accept an unusual offer. Virginia will hunt them like animals for 48 hours on the streets of New York City, and if they survive, they each get 100,000 dollars. All three men agree and lay low in order to avoid running into Virginia or her henchmen, but Virginia is able to lure them into the open, and they all find themselves running for their lives. Meanwhile, Rocco cavorts with prostitutes and visits a wild party for swingers, providing the gratuitous nudity fans of vintage exploitation demand. Confessions of a Psycho Cat also features Ed Brandt, Dick Lord, and Frank Grace. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Eileen Lord - Virginia
  • Jake LaMotta
    Jake LaMotta - Rocco
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    Ed Brandt
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    Dick Lord
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    Frank Grace
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