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Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 31 October 1978
A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Stephen Karpf (as Stephen), Elinor Karpf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Mike Barry
Yvette Mimieux ... Betty Barry
Kim Richards ... Bonnie Barry
Ike Eisenmann ... Charlie Barry (as Ike Eisenman)
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... George (as Lou Frizzel)
Ken Kercheval ... Miles Amory
Martine Beswick ... Red Haired Lady
R.G. Armstrong ... Dunworth
Tina Menard ... Maria
Gertrude Flynn
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Lomax, Dog Breeder
Jerry Fogel ... Doctor Norm
Lois Ursone Lois Ursone ... Gloria Hadley
Fredrick Franklin Fredrick Franklin
Bob Navarro Bob Navarro ... Newscaster
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A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.

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Mike and Betty. Just an average American couple. They have a home. a car. two kids, and one lovable dog...possessed by the Devil

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil Dog: Hound of Hell See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was inspired by "The Devil's Platform" from the television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974). However, producers could not get permission to continue the storyline and opted for a new one. Also, Tom Skerritt was in talks with Ridley Scott to do Alien (1979) and was unavailable for the movie, so producers offered the role to Richard Crenna. See more »

Goofs

When Lucky is chasing Betty through the house, upstairs a door closes behind the two of them. When the door closes you can see a crew member through the crack of the door shutting it behind them as they enter. See more »

Quotes

Bonnie Barry: What are you doing?
[Betty is sniffing what it appears to be blood]
Betty Barry: Where have you two been?
Bonnie Barry: I said, what are you doing sneaking around in here?
Betty Barry: I found this in your room. What is it?
Charlie Barry: It's just paint.
Betty Barry: It looks like blood.
Charlie Barry: Leave my things alone. Get out of my room and forget all about this. I mean it.
Betty Barry: What's the matter with the two of you?
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Featured in To the Devil a Dog (2005) See more »

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Entertaining Horror Film
7 October 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Curtis Harrington directed this made-for-television horror movie about a group of Satan worshipers who get a dog, which eventually gives birth to a litter of puppies. One such puppy is taken in by a family and soon the husband (Richard Crenna) realizes that something isn't quite right with the dog. Before long his wife, daughter and son are possessed and strange things are happening around the neighborhood including murder.

DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL is a fairly entertaining movie, which could have been even better had it not ran for 95-minutes. The film really starts to drag towards the end and I couldn't help but think it would have been much better had it had a 75-minute running time. WIth that said, there's enough going on here to make it worth sitting through and especially if you enjoy these 70's television movies.

I honestly thought the best part of the movie were the performances with Crenna delivers a very strong one as the father who starts to see everything around him fall apart.. Yvette Mimieux is also very good in the role of the wife and I especially liked how she played the possessed character. Both Kim Richards and Ike Eisenman are good in their roles as the children. As I said, everyone does a very good job playing "normal" as well as the possessed parts and this adds to the film's charm.

The demonic dog is rather laughable but at the same time it looks just right for this type of 70's horror film. There's a nice music score and there's no doubt that Harrington delivers a well-made movie. One just wishes that the running time had been shorter or that the screenplay had gotten to the point of the dog a lot quicker. Still, DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL is an entertaining movie.


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