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Dogs (1976)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 1976 (USA)
A pack of dogs go on a killing spree.

Director:

Burt Brinckerhoff

Writer:

O'Brian Tomalin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David McCallum ... Harlan Thompson
Sandra McCabe Sandra McCabe ... Caroline Donoghue
George Wyner ... Michael Fitzgerald
Eric Server ... Jimmy Goodman
Linda Gray ... Miss Engle
Dean Santoro Dean Santoro ... Aintry
Holly Harris Holly Harris ... Mrs. Koppelman
Sterling Swanson Sterling Swanson ... Dr. Martin Koppelman
Barry Greenberg Barry Greenberg ... Howard Kaplan
Michael Davis Michael Davis ... Nichols
Russ Grieve ... Homer
Cathy Austin Cathy Austin ... Annie Watson
Paul Paolasso Paul Paolasso ... Carl
Elizabeth Kerr ... Mrs. Mary McDougal
Lance Hool ... Robbie Pulaski
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On the quiet campus of the remotely-located SouthwesternUniversity, something strange is happening; all of the dogs in the area, once loyal, gentle pets, are now banding together in wild, feral packs and hunting down their former masters. Could the strange transformation have anything to do with the secret government experiements being conducted in the school's physics laboratory? More importantly, can the dogs be stopped before it's too late? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

Don't Pet Them ... Fear Them!

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Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slaughter See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There was to be a sequel, appropriately entitled "Cats". But when "Dogs" failed at the box office, production was canceled. See more »

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Decent Nature Attacks Film
22 August 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dogs (1976)

** (out of 4)

A small community is investigating some bizarre deaths and one man (David McCallum) thinks that it's a pack of dogs. These aren't wild dogs however. No, it is believed that these are a group of pets who have gone crazy for some reason and are now attacking humans.

In case you couldn't tell, this is yet another film in the "when nature attacks" genre, which took off after the success of JAWS. That film had a killer shark and overtime we'd have movies with killer bees, whales, grizzly bears, rats, rabbits and various other animals. DOGS isn't the best of the bunch but it's certainly not the worst of the bunch so you're entertainment level will certainly depend on your feelings towards the genre.

I've always enjoyed the genre so I can overlook some of the flaws that a film like DOGS has. The biggest problem with the film is the fact that it really doesn't rise above a made-for-TV level. Another problem is that the dogs aren't ever scary and there's certainly no tension to be had in any of the scenes. The highlight of the movie happens when four hunters are surrounded by the dogs during the night but this film should have been milked for some suspense.

McCallum is pretty bland in the lead role and no one here jumps off the screen, although fans of Wes Craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES will enjoy seeing Russ Grieve here in a small part. I will say that the film is rather violent at times and included one really graphic sequence. I'd also argue that the ending isn't exactly what you'd expect. DOGS should have been better but as it is the film manages to be slightly entertaining.


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