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THE SHADOW OF THE CAT [Previous film cuts waived]

THE SHADOW OF THE CAT <span>[Previous film cuts waived]</span> artwork

THE SHADOW OF THE CAT [Previous film cuts waived]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 75m 28s

Release date 21/04/2014

Ratings Info moderate violence, horror

Genre(s) Drama, Horror

Director(s) John Gilling

Cast includes Conrad Phillips, Barbara Shelley, André Morell, Richard Warner, William Lucas, Freda Jackson, Andrew Crawford

Cut This work was passed uncut.

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Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 11/04/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE SHADOW OF THE CAT is a 1961 black and white British horror film, in which a cat sets out to avenge the murder of her mistress.

A woman is clubbed to death by an attacker, with several clear blows to her head and shoulders. She falls to the ground dead before her body is carried away to be buried in a shallow grave. There is no sight of blood or injury on her body. Various other characters are also killed in accidents, including drowning in mud, falling down stairs or falling from a roof. One victim is seen to dribble a small amount of blood from his mouth as he dies.

Other issues include a cat being caught in a cage before it is put in a sack. Later it is seen hanging out of a hole in the sack and using one paw to run along the ground as the sack is carried. There is no evidence on screen to suggest the cat was hurt or distressed in any way. Some characters are seen to smoke cigarettes.


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Previous film cuts waived
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Submitted run time
75m 28s
BBFC reference
Previous film cuts waived

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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