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Play Dead (1983)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  January 1986 (USA)
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A woman uses her magic powers and a vicious Rotweiller dog to murder her relatives.

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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

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Woof... I mean, Woeful!
22 October 2007 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Yvonne De Carlo (everyone's favorite Munster) gives away quite a scary and praiseworthy performance as Hester Ramsey, a rancorous and slightly deranged elderly lady who lives alone in a large mansion with her harshly trained Rottweiler Greta. She holds a *slight* grudge against her family because she's convinced that her sister stole the one true love of her life and now she developed the fiendish plan to use Greta's killing capacities to get revenge. It's a fairly interesting and original concept for an 80's creature feature, but the film lacks tension and there's too little gore and bloodshed. Greta is an astonishingly trained dog, but her skills are still underused and the script at one point even reveals that black magic is responsible for her turning into a merciless killing machine. Why the hell was that necessary? Who needs voodoo to explain the aggression of a Rottweiler? There's nothing as pathetic as wanting to make a horror movie about a dangerous killer dog and then cowardly blame his action and behavior on the black magic powers of his owner. Greta also has voyeuristic tendencies, because she observes a young couple having (overlong) sex not once but twice. Instead of doing that, or instead of electrocuting people in their bathtubs, she ought to rip out throats, dammit! The character of the police inspector provides some comical relief, with his witty remarks and arrogant behavior towards his younger colleagues, but it's just a small positive detail in an overall extremely dull and forgettable movie. Good horrors revolving on murderous dogs are quite a rarity. Top of my head I can only think of "The Pack" and "White Dog". "Play Dead" belongs in the mediocre-to-awful section, alongside "Rottweiler", "Devil Dog", "Dogs of Hell" and "Monster Dog".


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