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Man's Best Friend (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  19 November 1993 (USA)
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A dog turns from man's best friend into man's worst nightmare as he attacks everything that moves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lori Tanner
Detective Kovacs
Detective Bendetti
Trula M. Marcus ...
Robin Frates ...
Judy Sanders
Robert Arentz ...
EMAX Security Guard
Dog Catcher #1
Dog Catcher #2


A genetically mutated dog is stolen from the lab of mad scientist Dr. Jarret by news reporter/animal rights advocate Lori Tanner, who conceals it from the police in her home. The dog, Max, endowed with intelligence and other special abilities, is at first lovable, but also proves to be a ferocious, unstoppable killer. Written by Jeff Hole <>

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He'll bite the hand that feeds him...And then he'll eat the rest. See more »

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Rated R for terror and violence involving a household pet | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tod kommt auf vier Pfoten  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$12,974,636 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Kevin Yagher built the Max puppets as well as creating the make-up special effects. See more »


Doctor Jarret: You see, Max is a clone; he's not you typical dog. He's a genetic cross breed.
Detective Kovacs: A mutt.
Doctor Jarret: No, I do not mean a mutt, sir. Look around you. Each animal has a specific desirable trait, which is dedicated to their survival. If You took the D.N.A. from each, and genetically spliced it into a breed of a dog, you would have a magnificent creature.
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acid urine
30 October 1999 | by (Saskatoon, Canada) – See all my reviews

A reporter is befriended by a genetically engineered dog that can deceive human minds and has acid urine; a bit silly. Scientist who wants him back keeps getting on the bad side of the police. The plot of the movie runs too slow during almost the first hour of the film, then it suddenly speeds up during the last 30 or 40 minutes of the movie. The 40 minutes are entertaining and fun it's too bad the beginning wasn't as strong. Its lighthearted horror doesn't work that well, the story is weakly executed. The scare scenes are not that scary at all and I thought they could have been made gory. The ending makes us sad that the killing dog bites the bullet. The ending leads open for a sequel.

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