Devil Dog: Hound of Hell
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Dick Crenna gives an award worthy performance as the man of the house and young Kim Richards is great as well in the role of young Bonnie. There's a scene wherein the titular Devil Dog hypnotizes Crenna's character into an attempt to put his hand into the blades of a running lawn mower. This is one of Crenna's signature scenes in his long career, very powerful.
In all honesty, this DVD really wasn't an appropriate movie to give to my neighbors young children. The violence and satanic themes are really disgusting. However, as an entertainment device, its good fun in a "popcorn flick" sorta way. As a horror film, its pretty creepy. Right up there with the classics like Evil Speak, The Omen, and Freddy vs Jason
on a final note, the scene where the Devil Dog finally spouts horns and has a final showdown with Crenna at the abandoned power plant / factory place is pure terror. I would not recommend viewing this particular part alone at night, unless you want nightmares.
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 6 months 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 7 months ago by Jasryn Storm
The movie was awful! The quality and deliver time was great.Published 15 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 16 months ago by Bray Brooks
Typical atmosphere of the movies and television in the 1970s, many dialogues and psychology, great actors, good music, a real pleasure ! Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 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 on February 20, 2014 by Evelyn J. Morales