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Dogs of Hell (1983)

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.

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Earl Owensby ...
Hank Willis
Bill Gribble ...
Adam Fletcher
Robert Bloodworth ...
Denny Nichols
Kathy Hasty ...
Kim Nichols
Ed Lillard ...
Doc Fellows
Elijah Christopher Perry ...
Carl Dunnigan (as Jerry Rushing)
Mike Craig ...
Ben Willis
Donna O'Neal ...
Stacy
Ashley Blythe ...
Madge Willis
Regan Forman ...
Catherine Willis
Curt Rector ...
Wade Bain
Brownlee Davis ...
Owen Sellars
George Ward ...
George Sellars
Carol Morgan ...
Mina
Helene Tryon ...
Mrs. Forbes
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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.

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The most exciting and terrifying 3 dimensional film you will ever see! See more »

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The Duke bites back
11 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Amateurish, bloody, dimly-lit North Carolina production has the inimitable Earl Owensby as a mumbling, expressionless sheriff who must protect a town of unsuspecting yokels from an onslaught by a pack of aggressive rottweilers, trained by the government as special operations assassins, accidentally set free after the convoy transporting them overturns.

Filmed in 3-D, director Keeter (a frequent Owensby collaborator, e.g. "Wolfman") builds an effective (and bloody) climax as the rabid hounds systematically corral the occupants of a luxury country club then treat themselves to the buffet. Camera angles framed for the purpose of accentuating the 3-D effects obviously do little when you're watching this on your regular TV-set (as I did), and the action is at times so cloaked in darkness (not to mention the incoherent dialogue) that it's often difficult to follow what's happening.

If you accept that the flaws are attributable to its independent production values scale, and yet despite those constraints there's plenty of gory attack scenes and expensive looking explosions for those interested, then you might be persuaded to watch "Rottweiler" (aka "Dogs from Hell") at least once. Hard to locate, I got my copy as a VHS reject during the DVD revolution and I suspect the ex-rental market is the only place you'll find a copy, until someone enterprising (perhaps Owensby himself) decides to unlock the 3-D potential and re-release on DVD.


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