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Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 31 October 1978
A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Stephen Karpf (as Stephen), Elinor Karpf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Mike Barry
Yvette Mimieux ... Betty Barry
Kim Richards ... Bonnie Barry
Ike Eisenmann ... Charlie Barry (as Ike Eisenman)
Lou Frizzell ... George (as Lou Frizzel)
Ken Kercheval ... Miles Amory
Martine Beswick ... Red Haired Lady
R.G. Armstrong ... Dunworth
Tina Menard ... Maria
Gertrude Flynn
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Lomax, Dog Breeder
Jerry Fogel ... Doctor Norm
Lois Ursone Lois Ursone ... Gloria Hadley
Fredrick Franklin Fredrick Franklin
Bob Navarro Bob Navarro ... Newscaster
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A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.

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Mike and Betty. Just an average American couple. They have a home. a car. two kids, and one lovable dog...possessed by the Devil

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Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

The movie was inspired by "The Devil's Platform" from the television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974). However, producers could not get permission to continue the storyline and opted for a new one. Also, Tom Skerritt was in talks with Ridley Scott to do Alien (1979) and was unavailable for the movie, so producers offered the role to Richard Crenna. See more »

Goofs

When Lucky is chasing Betty through the house, upstairs a door closes behind the two of them. When the door closes you can see a crew member through the crack of the door shutting it behind them as they enter. See more »

Quotes

Bonnie Barry: What are you doing?
[Betty is sniffing what it appears to be blood]
Betty Barry: Where have you two been?
Bonnie Barry: I said, what are you doing sneaking around in here?
Betty Barry: I found this in your room. What is it?
Charlie Barry: It's just paint.
Betty Barry: It looks like blood.
Charlie Barry: Leave my things alone. Get out of my room and forget all about this. I mean it.
Betty Barry: What's the matter with the two of you?
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1996) See more »

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This Pet Really Needs Some Sacrifices Made for It
13 April 2007 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

A Satanic cult procures a dog for the sole purpose of breeding it with a demon and then has a huge litter that is given away to unsuspecting people all over the country. Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell tells the story of one family caught up in this unspeakable horror. Okay, perhaps I am getting a bit too melodramatic given the material here. Yes, it is a made-for-television production. Yes, Richard Crenna is the leading "star." Journeyman director Curtis Harrington(Whoever Slew Auntie Roo, What's the Matter with Helen?, and several other genre credits)directs with his usual touch. The story obviously has holes and problems of credibility: a dog is really a demon centuries old that has a story all his own, Richard Crenna manages to keep his hand out of a lawnmower blade because he is the "chosen" one, and so many more. Despite all these problems, the average yet solid direction, the cheap feel that comes with a seventies TV production, ridiculous special effects, I found myself thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. Like another reviewer noted, movies from this decade in the horror genre are just different than any other decade. They have a certain quality hard to put your finger on. As for the cast Crenna always does a workmanlike job, Yvette Mimieux is eerily good, Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards(the Witch Mountain kids) are sickeningly sweet and evil and perfect in this concoction of unreality, and the film boasts a minor array of interesting cameos with Victor Jory, Barbara Steele, and R. G. Armstrong(soon to be Uncle Lewis Vendredi in the TV Friday the 13th: the Series).


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31 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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