MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,618 this week

Play Dead (1983)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  January 1986 (USA)
3.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.5/10 from 120 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 4 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

Bad
a list of 400 titles
created 30 Jan 2012
 
a list of 5151 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 1007 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 
a list of 83 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
a list of 16 titles
created 11 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Play Dead" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Play Dead (1983)

Play Dead (1983) on IMDb 3.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Play Dead.

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
Ellie (1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Set in the backwoods of the deep south. Young, beautiful Ellie has just witnessed the murder of her father at the hands of her evil step-mother Cora and Cora's three lecherous sons, all ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Wittman
Stars: Shelley Winters, Edward Albert, Pat Paulsen
Devil Hunter (1980)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals' lurking Devil god.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Ursula Buchfellner, Al Cliver, Antonio Mayans
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, ... See full summary »

Director: Marc B. Ray
Stars: Fred Holbert, Leigh Mitchell, Robert Knox
Delirium (1987)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

This spaghetti horror's storyline revolves around a former hooker (Grandi) running a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Serena Grandi, Daria Nicolodi, Vanni Corbellini
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A kid is hypnotized by a scientist to kill his parents and ends in a mental institution. As a grown up he returns to seek revenge over the scientist.

Director: David Blyth
Stars: Michael Hurst, Margaret Umbers, William Upjohn
Savage Harvest (Video 1994)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The agony and death of the Trail of Tears. A Cherokee elder, desperate to aid his people. Demons bursting into our world to destroy the entire tribe. And a great flood that washes the evil ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Stanze
Stars: Lisa Morrison, Ramona Midgett, William Clifton
Bloodeaters (1980)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

After drug crops are sprayed with a chemical by a passing airplane, the growers of the crop are poisoned by the chemical and turn into zombie-like mutants.

Director: Charles McCrann
Stars: Charles McCrann, Beverly Shapiro, Dennis Helfend
Liar's Moon (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A poor kid elopes with a banker's daughter.

Director: David Fisher
Stars: Matt Dillon, Cindy Fisher, Hoyt Axton
Demon Wind (1990)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Cory and friends visit a broken down old shack in the middle of nowhere to investigate the mysteries of his past. After realizing that his grandparents dabbled in black magic, demons and ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Philip Moore
Stars: Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Rufus Norris
Dogs of Hell (1982)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A pack of Rottweilers, bred and trained by the U.S. military to kill humans, escape to ravage the peaceful mountain resort town of Lake Lure. It is up to the local sheriff to protect his small community.

Director: Worth Keeter
Stars: Earl Owensby, Bill Gribble, Robert Bloodworth
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A timid college student, Julie, is assigned to write a research paper on "Nudity in the 1980's" She and her boyfriend, Steve, visit several nudist clubs in England, the south of France and ... See full summary »

Director: Gail Hardman
Stars: Gail Ward, Miles Taylor, Phil Banyard
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:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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

 
Cute puppy, lousy film.
10 March 2008 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Right off, I have to explain why I've given this film ten stars.

Bad films are something of an art form in themselves. Think Ed Wood, think Brian DePalma (come on... be honest, he s*cks, and you know it.) Play Dead has no pretensions. It knows it's a pile of crap, and it revels in it (in as much as a film can do anything more than just exist, but bear with me, I've got this theory...) Look, the dog, while a bit underbitten and mopish looking, just excludes sweetness. She's a Serious Canine Actress, and a God Dog, and she's trying -- for God's sake. Can't say much for Lily Munster though, except, for a husky old broad, she still looks pretty good.

Come on -- it's a film about a Satan-inspired Rottweiler serial killer, what did you expect? Straw Dogs? Mystic River? Hell Comes to Frog Town? Hand me another Heinekin and I'll shut up, serious.

And come on -- the dog was cute.


1 of 2 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:
?