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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Nature created him. Science perfected him. But no one could control him. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


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


Doctor Jarret: When you think of guard dogs, you first think of German Shepherds: they are smart, lethal... but not good enough. Now we developed the new Emax3000. They are totally obsolete.
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Not enough Henriksen is the biggest problem ...................
14 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This mutated dog sci-fi/ horror / black comedy requires complete suspension of disbelief, and if you can live with that premise, you will find "Man's Best Friend" entertaining. Although Lance Henriksen receives second billing, his screen time is somewhat disappointing. The sci-fi element is never explored, giving way to "Cudjo"-like maulings and some moments of "dark comedy". There is a little too much cutesy stuff involving the genetically engineered dog, but overall other than the lack of Henriksen, this is a totally acceptable time waster. The dog is really the star, with the actors assuming a secondary role. - MERK

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