Sometimes you read a synopsis for a film and you begin wonder where some rather out there ideas seem to come from. Hell’s Kitty is one such film, telling the story of Nick, and his cat Angel who is possessed by a demon. As you would imagine this has quite the impact on Nick’s love life as he attempts to find someone who can get on with both him and his demonic feline. Nick goes through a series of mishaps and adventures as he tries to solve his dilemma, with allegedly hilarious consequences.
For me, I can see exactly what Nicholas Tana (who plays Nick) had in mind for Hell’s Kitty, it’s a comedy horror, aping much of the playbook of the 80s movies of the same genre, part parody and part homage. However, it feels incredibly disjointed, and very poorly paced. After a bit of research I found that this is likely because Hell’s Kitty is apparently cobbled together from episodes of the web series of the same name. However, this is really no excuse for a feature film having such a messy, disconnected plot.
There are definitely ways of making a low-budget film feel like something much more captivating and interesting than the finance involved should allow, using a bit of creativity. However, Hell’s Kitty fails on this repeatedly. The effects are too ambitious for the budget, and don’t look good at all. The camerawork is shaky, the cameras used and the look of the film is low budget and just very poor.
One thing that Hell’s Kitty does have going for it is the appearance of some big names from the fantasy and horror genres. Kelli Maroney, Doug Jones, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman and many others make appearances in a variety of roles, which is a lovely bit of fan service and does give the film a bit more gravitas overall. It doesn’t make up for the poor acting from the main characters, but it does raise the overall acting standard in the film and makes it something vaguely watchable.
There’s very little more I can say about Hell’s Kitty. As a film, it is a low budget, badly produced, poorly conceived mess. It has a few moments of ironic comedy and as a parody it works to an extent, but it never quite goes far enough to establish that the plot is one that shouldn’t be taken wholly seriously. Hell’s Kitty feels like something that could have been funny and very clever in a short sketch or video, but dragging it out to a whole film was massively ill-advised. Avoid at all costs.
EXTRAS: None, which is probably a blessing in disguise.