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  • Actors: Michelle Rodriguez, Oliver Hudson, Taryn Manning, Eric Lively, Hill Harper
  • Directors: Nicholas Mastandrea
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1ALDY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Breed" on IMDb

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A group of friends (Michelle Rodriguez, Taryn Manning, Hill Harper and Oliver Hudson) fly away to a deserted island for the weekend, an island once controlled by a special canine research unit. They soon realize that this beautiful getaway will become their biggest nightmare. Inspired by the horror classics, Cujo and The Birds. The Breed takes you into the jaws of a flesh eating pack of wild dogs, genetically engineered to hunt and kill. Outnumbered and trapped they struggle to outsmart and outrun this terrifying species.


Wes Craven served as executive producer on this direct-to-video chiller about a group of friends who discover that the remote island they've chosen as a vacation spot is home to a wild pack of attack dogs. After dispatching a sailboater and his bikini-clad girlfriend, the canines (which look more cuddly than ferocious) pick off the interloping friends with all-too-human cunning; the survivors have just enough time to discover that the mutts are the product of military genetic experiments to create unstoppable attack dogs. Director Nick Mastrandrea (a longtime production associate of both Craven and George Romero) lends a professional look to his debut feature, and gets decent performances from his cast (which includes Lost's Michelle Rodriguez, Taryn Manning, and Oliver Hudson), but the script is tired almost from page one, and the resulting action and gore do little to help this indie picture stand out from the rest of the horror crowd. Dog lovers with soft hearts should be forewarned that the CGI stand-ins for the animal actors endure some gruesome abuse in the course of the picture. –-Paul Gaita

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The movie actually is really good, along with the cast and acting.
It's such a boring, typical way to start a movie and it's *really* starting to get on my nerves.
B. E Jackson
I dislike most horror movies, but this is by far one of the best I've seen.
A. Jones

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Jaundiced Eye on August 19, 2007
Format: DVD
I was discouraged by some of the negative reviews of this movie on this site, but decided to grab a beer and my cat and watch it anyway. I found it to be fairly enjoyable. Granted, some of the dialog was insipid and some of the characters really did deserve to be chewed on by wild dogs, but I felt that (unlike most horror movies) the cast's actions and reactions were reasonable. The acting was better than average for this genre, the story was interesting, and the dog scenes were quite impressive considering that (despite some misinformation in other reviews) there was no CGI involved. They actually relied on well-trained attack dogs to perform all the stunts. Judging from my cat's growling and hissing, the dog's acting was exceptional. Also, for us animal lovers, be sure to view the special features to see the clever ways they avoided hurting any of the dogs during the filming. It seems that some of the actors actually did get chewed on, but at least the dogs were safe.

Some reviewers suffer from critical snobbery. They are anxious to find fault in films to convince us of their sophistication. Let's face it, this movie isn't going to end up on Roger Ebert's top ten list, but it definitely deserves more than one or two stars. Save your scathing reviews for really awful films like The Green River Killer. My advice is to grab a beer and your cat and give this DVD a chance.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on October 14, 2008
Format: DVD
Not since Cujo has man's best friend become his worst enemy. Whereas the previous attacks were caused by rabies, this time around it's the result of genetic engineering gone wrong.

A group of young friends make their way to an isolated island where they expect to spend a wild time full of drinking, partying, and debauchery. What they find instead is a large pack of vicious dogs protecting their island; or, as one character put it, "scary-a@# lassies" looking for food. Although, one scene in which dogs are swimming after a person is completely hilarious, because we all know that in the water, human is far superior. It would have just been a matter of holding breath, and drowning a few dogs. As for real plot, it's simply Darwinian, survival of the fittest.

I'm sure there is a morality lesson about playing God in there somewhere, but I didn't care and I hardly noticed.

With nice special effects, production, cinematography, and pretty fair acting, it's what one would expect from a Wes Craven production. The acting is particularly astute (especially the four-legged actors), and aside from Michelle Rodriguez, the cast is comprised of pretty good young actors who we've all seen before, but can't name. Actually, the thing that's great about Rodriguez is crystal clear in this movie. Even as a leading lady, she can't shake the "tough" chick persona. I was waiting for her to snap a dog's spine over her knee during the entire movie.

It has typical horror elements, like the moron who descends into the basement towards his demise - in this case genetically engineered, mutant dogs with a taste for human flesh - is waiting in the dark. At times the idiocy makes you want to scream at the screen, "Climb a tree genius!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on October 13, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie was better than I expected it would be. The script allowed for some genuine character development. The 20's-somethings who gather on this remote island for a weekend vacation are given a range of sympathetic qualities, some stake in life - so we care about their fates.

It's the dogs who are the real stars of this show though. The close-ups of their intent brown eyes draw you into the canine mind. The producers/director of this film prided themselves on the fact that no computer-generated graphics were used. All the dogs in action are real dogs. Some dogs were Hollywood veterans imported to the site of the film shoot (which was South Africa) with their trainers; others were local dogs enlisted and trained on the spot.

The reasons given for the dogs' aggression in the movie are unfortunately muddled - a defect in the plot line. On the one hand, the young people discover that these dogs are the result of some genetic engineering that seemed to have been wrought on the dogs' ancestors. But on the other hand, people who are bitten by the dogs soon develop some strange illness, a malaise spotted with outbreaks of rage. This would suggest a viral or bacterial infection that isn't quite rabies, but that threatens to be a fatal biological time-bomb nonetheless. We are almost led to suspect a transmission of werewolf tendencies, recreating Lon Chaney's Jr.'s frequent film fate.

As impressive as the dogs frequently are, they could have been used to greater effect. Their attacks are too sudden and predictable. There is none of the slowly gathering menace found in "The Birds."

Also, one of the characters is made to pronounce the all-too-trite indictment of any meddling with nature.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron E. Millisor on June 21, 2007
Format: DVD
One of the first "scare" movies I saw in the 70's as a kid, was a movie called "The Pack". It was basically a pack of dogs acting in the same vein as the shark in "Jaws". Now comes the idea redone as "The Breed". Honestly, I didn't expect much from this movie. But it is really well done. A lot of horror movies in the 70's were not necessarily by the numbers, genre pictures. They were dramatic movies with a few horrific elements thrown in. In those type of movies, you actually got to know the characters and saw them interact in a realistic way before something both scary and plausible happened to them. That is exactly what this movie is and it is a reliable good time for any late night cable viewing or to own. Apparently, after reading the other reviews here, the audience of today has come to expect a formula that "The Breed" does not fit into. I love sex and violence just as much as the next guy, but when was the last time you saw believable characters in a low budget horror? For me, probably it was "Dead Mary". So this doesn't feature a Jason like hacker, or blood and guts, so what? This was well thought out, acted, written, and directed. What has happened to audiences that they can't stand a decent story without scare, pause, scare, pause, scare...
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