Director – Steve Rudzinski (CarousHell, The Survivors)
Starring – Amie Wrenn (The Survivors, Red Christmas), Aaron Fletchersmith (A Meowy Christmas), and Ben Dietels (Everyone Must Die!, The Slasher Hunter)
Release Date – 2018
Rating – 3/5
Director Steve Rudzinski and myself often see eye to eye. We both have similar tastes film and television. To say I’m a fan of his would be an understatement. His movies have always found their marks with me and I look forward to every new project he announces. With October just around the corner I was looking forward to some Halloween flicks.
I’m not like most horror fans that binge watch horror movies every night in October. I watch several horror films a day all year long so October isn’t a month for horror to me. I prefer to watch movies centered around Halloween instead of the clichéd horror flick that barely makes mention of the holiday.
I believe Steve is the same which is why he made the kid friendly Halloween tale A Meowy Halloween which is also a sequel to his A Meowy Christmas. Steve was kind enough to reach out to me to check it out knowing how much I enjoyed the first installment. Thanks Steve!
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows Wally who is a clueless detective that is tasked with saving his small town during Halloween. What he doesn’t know is that his home is haunted and only his pet cat and mouse can stop the evil forces before they are consumed by it. **SpoilerAlert**
Right out the gate I have to say that A Meowy Halloween fails as a horror movie. Thank god Steve did not set out to make a horror flick. Instead, he made a kid friendly holiday film that really does work as a Halloween flick.
The acting in this one is fun. Steve takes on the duty as lead and he is fantastic. I’ve seen almost all his films and its amazing how much more comfortable in front of the camera he is now compared to his earlier films. He is a solid lead and makes his character stand out. The supporting cast, physical and vocal, is solid as well. They do fantastic jobs and make the film even more enjoyable.
The story for this one is full of classic horror and Halloween references. If you grew up in the 90s then you saw several films centered around animals but very few, if any, are set against Halloween. This was a fun take on those types of films but Steve didn’t make it just for children. The horror references were a nice touch and you catch yourself getting caught up in them all.
Finally, if you are looking for blood and gore you wont find any here. The film is story heavy and relies on the cast to keep it moving. If you were looking for gore you should have went with something not titled A Meowy Halloween. Overall, A Meowy Halloween is the treat for any trick this year. If you want a film about Halloween instead of another horror film that has nothing to do with the holiday then check this out.