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Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

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Though not actually a film addressing the evil lure of cream-filled chocolate cakes, this amusingly cheesy made-for-TV opus from director Curtis Harrington pits a relatively normal suburban family against a slavering, demonically-possessed German shepherd whose hunger for human souls far exceeds that of the normal household pet. Although not above resorting to the usual throat-maulings, the satanic psycho-pup's preferred method of attack is to supernaturally cause the deaths of various friends and neighbors, in a style reminiscent of The Omen. Though the gory potential of this scenario is obviously dulled by the TV-movie format, there are enough implied shocks and chills to keep up the pace -- particularly a grueling scene in which Dad finds himself unable to resist the urge to plunge his hand into a spinning lawnmower blade, while the possessed pooch looks on with tongue-wagging glee.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Horror , Television
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Studio:
Zeitman-Landers-Roberts Productions

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Cast

Richard Crenna
as Mike Barry
Yvette Mimieux
as Betty Barry
Kim Richards
as Bonnie Barry
Ike Eisenmann
as Charlie Barry
Victor Jory
as Shaman
Ken Kercheval
as Miles Amory
R.G. Armstrong
as Dunworth
Martine Beswick
as Red-Haired Lady
Lou Frizzell
as Baskins
Jack Carol
as Gate Guard
Jerry Fogel
as Doctor
Tina Menard
as Maria
Bob Navarro
as Newscaster
Lois Ursoni
as Mrs. Hadley
Warren Munson
as Superintendent
Shelley Curtis
as 1st Cultist
Deborah Karpf
as 1st Girl
Jan Burrell
as 2nd Cultist
Dana Laurita
as 2nd Girl
James V. Reynolds
as Policeman
E.A. Sirianni
as Cultist in Car
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Critic Reviews for Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell

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It could be pretty creepy ... if it weren't so darn stupid.

Full Review… | November 26, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell

½

Oh where to begin? This one is amazingly fucking corny, but I really got a hoot out of it, as a German Shepherd pup quickly becomes the worst gift anyone could bring a young boy when it starts wreaking havoc in the life of the family that adopts it. The whole Satanism angle is never fleshed out all that much, in the end the plan seems to be to spread all these dogs around to suburban families and cause their lives to be disrupted and possibly destroyed, but nothing truly apocalyptic is ever even hinted at. Very strange. Worth a rental for laughs.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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