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The Pack (1977)

PG  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  20 November 1977 (USA)
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The residents of vacation spot Seal Island find themselves terrorized by a pack of dogs -- the remnants of discarded pets by visiting vacationers.

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A horror movie about a pack of dogs who run amok on an island resort. Veteran action star (Joe Don Baker) plays the marine biologist forced to deal with the dilemma when the dogs begin to exhibit their killer instincts by hunting down and killing resort patrons. Written by Ørnås

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This film's initial "PG" rating was successfully appealed to the MPAA, strangely, to acquire the more restrictive "R" rating. See more »

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abandoned pets not very scary in this, even though they do kill
10 December 2004 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

A woodsy island with a few locals that's occasionally visited by tourists is endangered by a pack of about fifteen feral dogs. They're mostly dogs tourists bought and brought to the island to keep them company for a vacation, then left behind. The leader is very mangy- looking, and usually baring its fangs. The rest look more like pets. The last addition is a dog we get to see being abandoned, and while it is accepted by the pack, it straggles behind, often getting its leash stuck on fallen trees and so on. We get to have some sympathy for it. The movie might have been better if they picked wilder-looking or more muscular dogs, or ones that could act meaner.

The wild dogs are first discovered when the dog belonging to Joe Don Baker's marine biologist character is attacked by the leader, and Baker spots it. Initially, it's thought to be the only wild dog. However, it becomes apparent it's one of many, and unfortunately Baker's CB radio isn't working, and a ferry isn't due for four more days.

For those into gore, not much of the attacks are shown, and dead people are never shown (though people are killed), only some dead dogs are seen after being shot or run over. There's some foul language and no nudity.

There's an older man on the island who apparently hired a woman to have sex with his simpleton overweight son of thirty or forty years of age (they don't - he's not interested). Those characters were pretty annoying. Other characters are pretty inefficient about boarding up or barricading doors and windows against the dogs, and people who know about the dogs still drive around with their car windows down all the way. A bit with a rowboat peters out without much resolution, when I expected some.


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