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Cat Sick Blues is a 2015 Australian Kickstarter-funded horror film written by Andrew Gallacher and Dave Jackson, the latter of whom also directed.

The film follows two individuals grieving over the loss of their beloved cats. A woman named Claire whose cat was killed by a deranged stalker that also raped her and a troubled man named Ted who in his grief goes on a killing spree in the hopes that the blood of his victims will revive his cat.


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Tropes Relating to Cat Sick Blues

  • All Men Are Perverts: Claire is raped by a man. A video of her getting raped is broadcast over the internet where several men capitalise on her suffering. Ted kills a web-cam girl and a street walker.
    • Claire lampshades this when she confronts Ted over his murders. He only ever killed women and she accuses him of doing so because it gave him sexual gratification.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Whatever is wrong with Ted isn't explained. Just that his cat was the only thing that kept him stable until it died.
    • Claire's rapist, Francis, also has a strangely child-like demeanor that could suggest some kind of developmental disorder.
  • An Aesop: All things die and you need to accept it.
    • Our obsession with the internet has turned real issues into little more than heartless entertainment.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Two of Ted's victims.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: By the end of the film, both Ted and Francis are dead, and Claire has survived her ordeal; but several women have been brutally murdered, and Claire has been through absolute hell and will probably be scarred for life.
  • Humiliation Conga: Claire's cat is killed, the killer rapes her while a nearby camera is switched on, the video winds up on the net and instead of sympathy Claire is slut-shamed. And then she becomes the target of a serial killer.
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  • The Internet Is for Cats: Claire's cat is internet-famous.
  • Monster Misogyny: All of Ted's victims are women.
  • Nightmare Retardant: In-universe. Ted's first two victims find his cat costume too ridiculous to be scary. It gets even sillier when he adds a strap-on.
  • Serial Killer: Ted.
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