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Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

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

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Mike Barry
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Betty Barry
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Bonnie Barry
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Charlie Barry (as Ike Eisenman)
Lou Frizzell ...
George (as Lou Frizzel)
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Miles Amory
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Red Haired Lady
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Dunworth
Tina Menard ...
Maria
Gertrude Flynn
Bill Zuckert
Jerry Fogel ...
Doctor Norm
Lois Ursone ...
Gloria Hadley
Fredrick Franklin
Bob Navarro ...
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A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.

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Trivia

The movie was inspired by "The Devil's Platform" from the 1974 television series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." 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" 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 »

Connections

Featured in To the Devil a Dog (2005) See more »

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Silly, but entertaining journey through hell 70s style
15 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was no shortage of movies dealing with Satan in the 1970s. It was his decade, no doubt about that. Of course the films vary in quality, the highest being classics like 'The Exorcist' and 'The Omen.' Towards the end of the decade the trend was starting to dry up and one of the last examples of this is this film, a TV movie released on Halloween night that has since enjoyed a small cult following. Being the lover of B horror movies that I am of course I had to give it a look and even though I've seen far better I'm glad I did.

Pros: The cast is game. A decent, at times chilling musical score. Plenty for lovers of camp to enjoy. Moves at a good pace. Some really creepy imagery. Nicely photographed. A couple excellent moments of tension.

Cons: Has aged badly. Pretty predictable. Needed some extra oomph because the film rarely rises above cheap thrills. Had they played up the Satanic cult angle more it may have helped.

Final thoughts: Whether or not you believe in the devil, you have to admit he's a great subject for a horror movie. Many times this has been successful, many times not. 'Devil Dog: Hound of Hell' works as a fun B movie and is ideal viewing with some friends or on Halloween night as a double feature with another enjoyable B movie of your choice.

My rating: 3/5


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