A pack of dogs go on a killing spree.

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Harlan Thompson
Sandra McCabe ...
Caroline Donoghue
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Michael Fitzgerald
Eric Server ...
Jimmy Goodman
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Miss Engle
Dean Santoro ...
Aintry
Holly Harris ...
Mrs. Koppelman
Sterling Swanson ...
Dr. Martin Koppelman
Barry Greenberg ...
Howard Kaplan
Michael Davis ...
Nichols
Russ Grieve ...
Homer
Cathy Austin ...
Annie Watson
Paul Paolasso ...
Carl
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Lance Hool ...
Robbie Pulaski
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On the quiet campus of the remotely-located SouthWestern University, something strange is happening. All of the dogs in the area, once loyal, gentle pets, are now banding together in wild 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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Don't Pet Them ... Fear Them!

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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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Takes the "S" out of "SLAUGHTER".
4 November 2007 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

The "nature attacks" subgenre of horror had pretty much reached its apogee in '76 when this minor entry hit the drive-in screens, and for what it is, it's not entirely valueless.

The story, which is actually rather plausible, denotes a sleepy college town where the pet pooches of local denizens have taken to packing in the night. Initially, cattle are the prey of these abruptly aggressive mongrels, but it's not long before people are attacked, at first alone, then in groups. Science teachers from the college provide the usual explanatory double-talk, and do their best to alert the community to the mounting danger against cliché Mayoral resistance.

For a quickie this low on the totem, DOGS/SLAUGHTER has a few effective moments, and stands as a par example of its type. I'd say they could have used MORE of the canines(as there seems to be around a dozen passing off for many more), and a bit more fang-bearing and growling might have added greater threat to the situation at hand(generally, these dogs just scamper about playfully as folks run screaming...only a single oft-shown Doberman is really physically imposing and scary). Still, I found myself taking an unexpected liking to this supplicatory little film, despite its poverty-row provisions and customary B-movie shortcomings.

Gotta love the retarded "shocker" ending...*groan*... 4/10


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