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Atomic Dog (1998)

When a pooch is irradiated by a nuclear plant and threatens the town, only a teenage boy can redeem him.


Credited cast:
Jennifer Yates
Micah Gardener ...
Heather Yates
Deryl Hayes ...
Scott Olynek ...
Dwayne Compton
Hal Kerbes ...
Dr. Art Matoyan
J.C. Roberts ...
Smitty (as J.C. 'Jim' Roberts)
Andy Curtis ...
Uniformed Cop
Carrie Schiffler ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary A. Hecker ...
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A homeless dog is accidentally locked in a nuclear reactor during a meltdown, turning him into Atomic Dog. When the beast threatens the local town, a teenage boy tries to befriend the animal and save him from the crazed townfolk. Written by Tim Evanson <tevanson@earthlink.net>

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Someone's been a very bad dog.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence including dog attacks | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atomkutya  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kiddie Cujo
15 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A dog is irradiated and goes on a rampage of violence in this ultra-silly children's horror flick, directed by a man who should know better: Brian Trenchard-Smith. Trenchard-Smith is a guy responsible churning out some fantastic little B-movies old (TURKEY SHOOT) and new (AZTEC REX), but he must have really been slumming it to put his name to this particular outing.

This Z-grade flick plays out as a child-friendly version of the Stephen King thriller CUJO, as a lovable dog goes on a PG-rated orgy of violence. The script and performances are overall poor, as are the limited special effects. The decision to give the dog a kind of PREDATOR vision is particularly silly although it did have me laughing. There are lots of other dogs in the film too, and many of them are well trained, so if you're a dog lover (like myself) you might enjoy it a little. It's still an awful film, though.

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