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Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century: ‘Uninvited’ (1987)

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Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century is a look back at the weirdest, most memorable, and most off center movies of the 20th century. From head turning horror to oddball science fiction, this column examines the films that will leave a lasting impression for centuries to come.

Greydon Clark writes and directs the 1987 sci-fi horror nonsensical masterpiece Uninvited and we, the audience, are all the better for watching it. Starring George Kennedy (The Naked Gun) and Alex Cord (Airwolf), this film revolves around many stories that converge on an embezzler’s yacht stranded at sea. While there are many characters who have their own side plots, the real star is a cat that has been infected by lab testing gone awry. After having been away for a couple of weeks, I’m glad to bring back this week’s strange and fantastic tale Uninvited.

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Walter Graham plays Alex Cord, a smarmy rich man who needs to move some illegal funds out of the Cayman islands fast. George Kennedy plays his trusty advisor and henchman Mike Harvey who is all business and thinks they should get out of town. Clu Gulager is also on board for this madness, but he doesn’t have much to add except for some welcome wackiness.

Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century: 'Uninvited' (1987)

Alex Cord cannot help himself. He wants to have fun because he is a steadfast sleazy guy who needs to party. Lucky for him, young coeds Bobbie (Clare Carey) and Suzanne (Shari Shattuck) looking for a place to stay, flirt their way onto the yacht.  Being young vixens, they also invite their new friends led by Corey (Rob Estes) to join them. Alex is not down with the young competition, but reluctantly lets them aboard. 

Are the college dudes uninvited? Or maybe it’s the boat’s captain Rachel (Toni Hudson), another character who has her own convoluted background story. It seems that Rachel is the reluctant ship’s captain because it is her father’s boat, but Alex has somehow laid claim to it and now she’s bound to it. Maybe. I don’t really understand and it doesn’t really matter, because the most uninvited guest is the most likable. A cat manages to meow his way onboard, but no one knows that a lab experiment causes an even larger monstrous killer cat to climb out of the innocent cat’s throat and scratch up and poison people. 

Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century: 'Uninvited' (1987)

The cat scenes are amazing and so are the characters. This movie is over the top fun and the cast knows it. It’s a holiday weekend so watch Uninvited with your friends and give thanks for movies like this. 

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