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Devil Dog: Hound of Hell (1978)

Kim Richards , Richard Crenna , Curtis Harrington  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kim Richards, Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, Ike Eisenmann
  • Directors: Curtis Harrington
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2XA78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Devil Dog: Hound of Hell" on IMDb

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  • Interview with director Curtis Harrington, actress Kim Richards, and actor Ike Eisenmann

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Starring Richard Crena (First Blood, The Evil) and Kim Richards (Escape/Return to Witch Mountain, Assault on Precinct 13) Eerie '70's horror gem pitting a relatively normal suburban family against a slavering, demonically-possessed German Shepherd whose h

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Go ahead, hold him, he ain't gonna eat you up." October 27, 2006
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While I've never owned a possessed pooch like the one depicted in the made for television movie Devil Dog: The Hound from Hell (1978), I did once acquire a very naughty ferret, but that's another story for another time...directed by Curtis Harrington (Queen of Blood, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?), the film features Richard Crenna (First Blood, Summer Rental), Yvette Mimieux (The Time Machine, The Black Hole), and Kim Richards (Assault on Precinct 13, Tuff Turf) and Ike Eisenmann (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan), both of whom you may remember as siblings Tia and Tony Malone, from the Disney feature Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), and the sequel Return from Witch Mountain (1978). Also appearing is Martine Beswick (Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde), Lou Frizzell (The Reivers), Ken Kercheval ("Dallas"), Victor Jory (Cat-Women of the Moon), and everyone's favorite curmudgeon R.G. Armstrong (Evilspeak, Children of the Corn).

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.
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Being the avid horror movie fan that I am I was reflecting just prior to watching the 1978 Television movie "Devil Dog; The Hound of Hell", on what a great horror premise it was to have a seemingly lovable family dog as the gatekeeper to hell. Strangely from my recollection it has been an idea that has not been used a great deal in Hollywood horror film making. Apart from of course the famous hound in the Sherlock Holmes story "The Hound of the Baskervilles", and the menacing canine that appeared in the opening scenes of the wonderful 1976 horror thriller "The Omen", no other ones automatically spring to mind. "Devil Dog; The Hound of Hell", from the golden age of television movies in the 1970's and '80's has been referred to as being totally silly, banal, and a waste of film however I find its basic idea a highly intriguing one that has great potential. Obviously the film is hampered by its limited television budget in realising that great potential resulting in a number of anti-climatic scenes that miss out on real thrills and tend to fall a bit flat with the shoddy special effects at times being almost laughable. Nevertheless what we do still have here is a nifty little horror thriller that manages to offer good performances and some moments of real suspense. The film's main strong point is its first rate cast that includes the always capable Richard Crenna, the still alluring Yvette Mimieux (who I still remember fondly all these years later from the classic "The Time Machine") and talented child actors Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards reuniting here after having already played brother and sister in the much loved "Witch Mountain" Disney movies. All approach the subject matter with a real seriousness which helps overcome some of the more hokey parts of the story. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly decent October 31, 2008
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Devil Dog is really an OK way to spend an hour and a half.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these old creepy made-for-TV movies! April 25, 2007
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I vaguely remember seeing this on TV when I was in about 8th grade.

It's great to now be able to see made-for-TV movies like this once again.

The picture and sound were better than I expected...very pristine.

The bonus features went on...and on...and on... I actually thought that the interview footage could have been edited down to something shorter, actually. But, if you MUST have something to complain about, "too much" isn't so bad, is it?

This is a 2-disc set. What a lavish treatment for an obscure property such as this.

I wish someone would give similar treatment to some other obscure made-for-TV movies, such as "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark"..."Crowhaven Farm"..."Last Bride Of Salem"..."Dark Night Of The Scarecrow"...and other almost-forgotten treats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poor dogs...
Typical atmosphere of the movies and television in the 1970s, many dialogues and psychology, great actors, good music, a real pleasure ! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Francois-Xavier Cuadrat
5.0 out of 5 stars good
My son got this for a friend and I guess it is good I don't know for sure so read if you want
Published 6 months ago by Evelyn J. Morales
3.0 out of 5 stars definitely not man's best friend...
The made for TV movie Devil Dog: Hound From Hell (1978), is a fine example of the kind of horror that appeared on the small screen during this time period, as a group of Satan... Read more
Published 11 months ago by trebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV Moie from the 70s
I really enjoyed this dvd. I saw the movie as a kid and its as good as I remember it being.
Published 15 months ago by John C Baluta
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil Dog: Hound of Hell
I had a positive experience purchasing the DVD from this vendor as the price was a bargain for the DVD movie. I received my order in a timely manner and have no complaints. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
THIS WAS A AWSOME MOVIE WE WATCH IT THE NIGHT IT ARRIVED AT OUR HOME AND THEN LOANED IT TO OUR DAUGHTER AND SHE LIKE AAS WELL
Published on March 6, 2012 by albertelliott213
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Overdone At Times But Still A Thriller
I may get his name a bit wrong but I think it was Ike Eisenman and Kim Richards who starred in Escape to Witch Mountain and Return To Witch Mountain. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Nancy Sherburne
4.0 out of 5 stars DAD SAID WE COULD HAVE A PUPPY
This is an interesting made for TV movie. A group of Satanists use a dog to produce a litter of evil puppies with limited super natural powers and the power to control people. Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars One doggone good time!
I was pleasantly surprised with Devil Dog. I didn't expect much going in, but the cast was very good. The movie is well made and the picture quality is superb. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by M. Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Might be a B movie but a good one
I remember this movie on as a boy and I never though this movie would ever be released on DVD. I never would have looked for it but I found "the Dark" another B+ movie, well acted... Read more
Published on October 26, 2010 by D. A. WILLIAMS
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