The 'Cats' Movie Trailer Looks Like a Pure Nightmare

'Cats' movie 2019
Universal Pictures

As a huge Taylor Swift fan -- and a fan of cats in general -- I've really been looking forward to the upcoming movie adaptation of Cats. But now that we've gotten the first look at the film ... maybe I should sit this one out. On Thursday, the first Cats trailer dropped, and let's just say it's a lot.

... and I'm not the only one who feels that way.

  • From the moment the trailer began, it was clear that this movie was about to be a lot different than I anticipated.

    When I think of the Broadway version of Cats, I think of the costumes ... but that's not quite what they went with here, as evidenced above. These are actual CGI cats, y'all. And they're more than a little disturbing. This is like ... Avatar-level cats. 

    And then, it got so much worse.

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  • The most upsetting part? The A-list stars in this movie actually look like themselves if they were cats.

    Judi Dench? Totally Judi Dench, just with fur. It's uncanny. What is the aim of this movie, exactly? To entertain us or to give us nightmares? And it's not as if James Corden or Jennifer Hudson look much better. 

    (Why couldn't we have just done costumes here? Was there a reason?)

  • For whatever reason, Taylor is actually the one who looks semi-normal as a cat.

    I'm convinced this is because she loves cats so much that this may actually be her true form. No CGI was used here. She just evolved like a Pokémon into this cat, who is apparently named Bombalurina. 

    Was there something wrong with a regular cat name, like Whiskers? 

  • The majority of the trailer is just pure nightmare fuel. 

    At this point, I was confused enough to actually find out what the plot of Cats is to see if it warranted this much creepiness. The IMDB description of Cats reads as follows: 

    "A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life." 

    Oh, OK. The cats are competing to see which of them will die. The creepiness is totally warranted. Carry on.

  • And as if that wasn't enough, Entertainment Weekly also shared some images from the film.

    Just in case anyone wanted to get a better look at these scary cats, but in high resolution. 

    It's hard to say exactly what Andrew Lloyd Webber's endgame was in creating a musical like this one, but I have a feeling he didn't imagine this would happen when his Broadway show was adapted into a feature film for the big screen.

  • And it looks like I'm not the only one who's having a hard time digesting the trailer.

    Instagram comments

    "Cursed" is a very good way to describe this trailer. I only had to watch it once to remember it forever, and I don't mean that in a good way. I have a feeling I'll be seeing cat Judi Dench in my dreams tonight.

  • Here's the full trailer, for the brave: 

    It's a lot to take in, but who am I kidding? I'll probably end up seeing this movie opening weekend. 

    Curiosity killed the cat, but it may also kill me, because I'm too intrigued to stay away.