Devil Dog: Hound of Hell
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As the film begins we see a slightly nefarious looking trio (including Martine Beswick) visiting a kennel to purchase dog, one which they later use in a chintzy black mass ceremony involving something called a `barghest, which is `a mythical monstrous black dog with huge teeth and claws', according to Wikipedia. Afterwards we meet the Barry family, including Mike (Crenna), the father, Betty (Mimieux), the mother, and their two children Charlie (Eisenmann) and Bonnie (Richards). Seems it's Bonnie's birthday, but the celebration is cut short as the family dog Skipper is found squished in the road outside the house (talk about a bummer). Oddly enough, that same day, a man (Armstrong) comes around selling fruit and giving away German Shepherd puppies, who happened to have been spawned from the dog we saw at the kennel.Read more ›
I bought this film in the "Evil Animals" trilogy pack that also includes "Day of the Animals" and "Grizzly", both William Girdler movies. I was reluctant to give "Devil Dog: Hound of Hell" a chance but when I finally did I was pleasantly surprised.
Granted, you have to be a fan of 1970's American horror filmmaking. Add to that this is a TV movie so don't expect any gore here. What you get here is a reasonably suspenseful story (despite the absurd subject matter) that's very well acted by the two leads, especially veteran actor Richard Crenna.
The film does build up a certain amount of creepy atmosphere and that's due to solid direction from Curtis Harrington. Several scenes work remarkably well and generate a decent amount of suspense.
It must be said that budgetary limitations inhibit the film's closing moments. What there is of special effects is pretty horrendous and the finale does disappoint somewhat.
Other than that "Devil Dog; Hound of Hell" is a decent horror film in most respects.
The problem is that nothing really scary happens during the first hour. Alright, so the kids lose a dog and get another German Shepherd puppy. What are the odds one would be available *right* after they lose one? A *really* hard to swallow bit of storyline writing there.
Anyway for the first hour the only scary noteworthy thing that really occurs is that the children gradually become possessed by the dogs evil presence. They misbehave at school and become unconcerned and compassionless around their father when a dear friend unexpectedly dies. Of course we have to consider the year this movie came out (the late 70's) when children were supposed to respect their parents. Nowadays children acting in such a way would be considered perfectly normal! Strange, huh? Strange world we live in these days...
Oh and the daughter does NOT strike me as 10 years old either. She looks much older, around 14 or 15. Her brother is the same way. Of course none of this is what *really* matters. What's really annoying is that the writing is so bland for at least 75% of the film. Only when the father finally drops the German Shepherd off in the middle of the desert only to return home and find the dog sitting there at his front doorstep is when the writing finally improves (and this scene *is* incredibly awesome by the way). Oh and the father travelling far and wide all in a desperate attempt to save his family is totally awesome too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL opens at a kennel, where a creepy trio is looking to purchase a particular canine. Uh oh! These are no ordinary dog lovers! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
This movie was terrible! Don't waste your time, much less your money. Go see Escape to Witch Mountain instead!Published 1 month ago by Jasryn Storm
The movie was awful! The quality and deliver time was great.Published 9 months ago by Kertina Pickrom
Being an old dog myself, I remembered this movie being one of my favorites. It hasn't lost a step, still scary as hell, but clean (not bloody) enough for young children.Published 10 months ago by Bray Brooks
I bought this movie for the neighbor's kids because they're animal lovers, however this movie has a satanic theme that is quite honestly shocking. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Biggun
Typical atmosphere of the movies and television in the 1970s, many dialogues and psychology, great actors, good music, a real pleasure ! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Francois-Xavier Cuadrat
My son got this for a friend and I guess it is good I don't know for sure so read if you wantPublished 24 months ago by Evelyn J. Morales