A woman uses her magic powers and a vicious Rotweiller dog to murder her relatives.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Play Dead (Video 2009)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

In small town Nevada, a former TV action hero (Klein) runs afoul of drug dealers and a covered-up murder, inspiring him to round up his old co-stars to save the terrorized townspeople.

Director: Jason Wiles
Stars: Chris Klein, Fred Durst, Jake Busey
Play Dead (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Jeff Jenkins
Stars: Diva Zappa, Nathan Bexton, Sherrie Rose
Nocturna (1979)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Geriatric Dracula owes taxes, so he turns his castle into Hotel Transylvania. His granddaughter Nocturna, books a disco band, learns that she loves dancing and can turn mortal whenever she ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Hurwitz
Stars: Nai Bonet, John Carradine, Yvonne De Carlo
Scare Zone (2009)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Scare Zone is OLIVER's pride and joy. Sure, it's just another strip-mall Halloween Horror House, but as always, he's put his heart and soul into it. The attraction is open for three nights ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Binkowski
Stars: Arian Ash, Chris Burns, Neil Brown Jr.
Touched I (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A romantic drama about a man who awakes from a coma without his sense of touch and the nurse who comes to his aid.

Director: Timothy Scott Bogart
Stars: Jenna Elfman, Randall Batinkoff, Samantha Mathis
Mirror Mirror (1990)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Shy teenager Megan moves to a new town with her widowed mother and quickly becomes the most unpopular girl in high school. But when she starts to communicate with a mysterious mirror, her ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Sargenti
Stars: Karen Black, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Two men that meets in a bar in Las Vegas discovers that they have one big problem in common, their wifes. They decide to do something drastic about it.

Director: Carlos Tobalina
Stars: Colleen Brennan, Mari Cartel, Mike Cartel
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Reverend Jim Jones, the priest of an independent church in the South American country Guyana, orders his followers to commit suicide. But not all of them follow him blindly and begin to think on their own.

Director: René Cardona Jr.
Stars: Stuart Whitman, Gene Barry, John Ireland
Varsity Blood (2014)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A pack of small town jocks and cheerleaders with a dark secret head out to a remote farmhouse for a raucous Halloween pasture party, only to find themselves up for slaughter by someone ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Helgren
Stars: Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon
Liar's Moon (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A poor kid elopes with a banker's daughter.

Director: David Fisher
Stars: Matt Dillon, Cindy Fisher, Hoyt Axton
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During her first semester at college, a co-ed finds housing at a seaside mansion where, following the death of a fellow-student, she becomes entangled in a murder mystery surrounding the property and it's secretive tenants.

Director: Denny Harris
Stars: Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

The janitor at a local high school is actually the scout for a coven of Satanists on the lookout for a virgin to sacrifice. One day he kidnaps the cheerleading squad to use for their ... See full summary »

Director: Greydon Clark
Stars: John Ireland, Yvonne De Carlo, Jack Kruschen
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Hester
...
Audrey
David Cullinane ...
Jeff
Glenn Kezer ...
Otis
...
Richard
David Ellzey ...
Stephen
Jo Livingston ...
Pathologlst
Carolyn Greenwood ...
Monique
Jeff McVey ...
Eric
Robert Hibbard ...
Policeman
Desmond Dhooge ...
Dog Trainer
John Caroll Perry ...
Sam
Alex Bond Winslow ...
Clarisse
Harry Gibbs ...
Funeral Attendant
Edit

Storyline

Glamorous Yvonne De Carlo stars as Hester, a woman of wealth, and a woman of scorn...and the timid, be forewarned. With a maniacal hatred of her heirs, Hester has a thirst for revenge! Electrocution, strangulation, poisoning, and a crushed skull are just a few of her bloody tricks. Her beautiful niece is going nuts...and she's next on the list! Written by Chance Fell

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Raging Madness Unleashed To Kill See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Satan's Dog  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in 1981, not released until 1986. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rather dull
26 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've been after this movie for a while, though mainly because of the cool VHS cover and the fact that Yvonne De Carlo is in it. Well, I finally found a copy at a market. The film didn't live up to my expectations, but I'm used to that, being a fan of low budget horror.

The film is kind of watchable and semi-interesting, but isn't much of a horror film because there are no violent deaths. The deaths are caused by the dog but in very tame ways. The plot also seems muddled and the motivation for the killings is unclear. I found the ending rather bizarre but slightly surprising.

The main reason to seek this film out as far as I'm concerned is the VHS cover (the UK one). It looks good amongst my collection of big box horror films and I love the artwork. Other than that, there's little reason to seek out this film, even for fellow fans of low-budget horror.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Play Dead (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?