Cat Scares

A "cat scare" is a moment in a movie where a long moment of silence and tension is shattered by a sudden loud noise.  This loud noise often comes in the form of a cat leaping into the scene and screeching loudly.  However, it can be anything or anyone that isn't harmful.  It results in a moment of comedic complacency, as people catch their breath and say "oh, it's just a cat, nothing to worry about here," and it's usually closely followed by a really scary moment.  Boo.


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