Every now and then we tend to come across some of the weirdest movies of the Hollywood industry. These mostly feature films that started to take popularity way back in the 90s. “She’s Allergic to Cats ” is a 2016 indie romance/horror movie but it’s one of the weirdest movies you’ll ever see.
The movie is written and directed by Michael Reich. It stares Mike Pinkney, Sonja Kinski, Flula Borg, Veronika Dash, and Honey Davis in lead roles. The film can be seen through an artistic viewpoint instead of just a critical review. Basically, it’s an experimental film where the director has no stone unturned to create a romantic and artistic horror movie.
Plot — I’ll try to explain the plot in as simple words as possible. Michael Pinkney is an aspiring Hollywood Filmmaker but ends up becoming a dog groomer. He at his home creates these series of some random art videos that no one wants to watch. He also wants to remake an all cat movie of “Carrie”. Then he meets a beautiful lady named Cora who is apparently the girl of his dreams. Even though the movie’s title is cats but it seems to be more of a dog film as it is shown Michael is working as a dog groomer to pay rents and apparently has rats all over his house. His dream girl is allergic to cats. Now some of you may wonder what’s the relation between these animals and these lead characters. I’ll make it clear for you. By gathering enough courage Michael asks for a date to his dream girl which she accepts. He at his home has rat droppings all along even in his food. Cora appreciates Micahel for all his hard work and struggles in his life. Michael is generating a lot of tactics to fight with the rat issue in his home. Mike is suffering from an overall pathetic life fighting with poverty and of course rats. Basically, the character has rats in his house, dogs on his work and cats in his dreams.
The film can be heavily studied by scholars in film critiques. A film like this may not like to the general public as they may reject the experimental justifications. As a general audience point of view, some of the viewers may find this movie illogical. There are a lot of crazy, blurry, and shaky images and videos that come on the screen which is made by Mike. The film gives the appearance of VHS. The writer has expected the viewers to fit into the protagonist’s small apartment plot. Mike is occasionally seen making videos in one of the most creative ways as well as they are very disturbing. No doubt you’ll get some very scary nightmares after watching the film.
The film has won many accolades such as fantasia international and Oldenburg international in 2016. This also turns out to be a semi-autobiographical feature film as the writer Michael Reich was a dog groomer before directing music videos like Bad Religion and My chemical romance. But it has a lot of elements of fantasy in it. Many filmmakers deliberately show low-resolution screenplay in order to make the effect of something horrific. But when you overdo it audience doesn’t like it. There are many hints in the movie which depicts the setting of the drama is in the modern age. These clues are given by Honey Davis who refers to the internet and Wikipedia.