A pack of dogs go on a killing spree.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harlan Thompson
Sandra McCabe ...
Caroline Donoghue
Michael Fitzgerald
Eric Server ...
Jimmy Goodman
Miss Engle
Dean Santoro ...
Holly Harris ...
Mrs. Koppelman
Sterling Swanson ...
Dr. Martin Koppelman
Barry Greenberg ...
Howard Kaplan
Michael Davis ...
Russ Grieve ...
Cathy Austin ...
Annie Watson
Paul Paolasso ...
Mrs. Mary McDougal
Lance Hool ...
Robbie Pulaski


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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A bit of a dog's breakfast.
3 September 2016 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A pack of domestic dogs with collective intelligence (possibly the result of classified experiments involving a linear accelerator and pheromones, although it is never made clear) attack the population of a Californian college town. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star David McCallum, sporting a mop-top and beard, plays beer-swilling professor Harlan Thompson, the film's unlikely, double-denim hero, who, in a blatant crib from Jaws, tries to convince those in charge of the danger, all to no avail.

I'm a big fan of the 'animal attack' sub-genre, but this entry from TV director Burt Brinckerhoff, is… if you can excuse the pun… a real dog of a film. The first hour is extremely dull, with too much in the way of meaningless scientific conjecture from the college egg-heads and not nearly enough canine action. The dogs are in evidence a lot more for the final half hour, but none of the attack scenes are very convincing, or scary, no matter how much fake blood the film-makers cover the victims in.

Still, even though this one is massively disappointing regarding thrills and chills, it does at least offer up a couple of unintentionally amusing scenes, including Dallas star Linda Gray being attacked by a doberman while taking a shower, the dogs trapping Thompson and his love interest (Sandra McCabe) in a garage, and the slaughter of a whole library full of students. The film ends with a hilarious final shot of an angry cat, threatening a sequel with killer moggies (which thankfully never materialised).

3.5 out of 10, generously rounded up to 4 for IMDb.

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