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Devil Dog: Hound of Hell

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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2XA78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Devil Dog: Hound of Hell" on IMDb

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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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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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Devil Dog: Hound of Hell isn't NEARLY as terrifying as I once thought. When I came home from a mid-August family pig roast back in 1992, it was really late at night and I needed something to watch. This movie was on and... nowadays it's honestly sort of boring. Fun then, boring now.

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.
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