Dark Cat

August 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm (3 Heads, Dark Cat) (, , , , )

Dark Cat – Japan – 1991

Teenagers Hyoi and Ryoi are sibling “Dark Cats”—cat shapeshifters with spiritual magic. After transferring to a new high school, the Dark Cats sense an evil presence. Their old master (an ogre-like Dark Cat) has turned bad and is using the negative energy of teenage emotions to transform students into monsters. A young girl, depressed by her unrequited love, becomes an amorphous mass of writhing eyeball-studded tendrils. Hyoi and Ryoi use their magic and martial arts to destroy her.

Like many anime movies adapted from comics, Dark Cat doesn’t make a lot of sense. No attempt is made to explain the Dark Cats, their powers, or their reason for being. Dark Cat’s extremely simple plot still manages to be incoherent. People become slimy monsters for no reason. One of the Dark Cat brothers becomes mortally wounded, gets absorbed into a tree, and floats around in another dimension. The movie ends with a young couple dying and floating naked into the sky on a beam of light.

Dark Cat has the distinction of being one of the poorest anime dubs I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen lots). The voice acting is just pathetic, and not in a funny way—although one of the actors is named T. Bone Wang. The sound effects and music are mixed really badly, and the credit roll song sounds like it was recorded off an answering machine.

Rating: 3/10 Shrunken Heads. At one point, a woman’s tongue turns into a monster penis.


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