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Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

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

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Steven Karpf (as Stephen Karpf), 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 Lou Frizzell ... George (as Lou Frizzel)
Ken Kercheval ... Miles Amory
Martine Beswick ... Red Haired Lady
R.G. Armstrong ... Dunworth
Tina Menard ... Maria
Gertrude Flynn Gertrude Flynn
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Lomax, Dog Breeder
Jerry Fogel Jerry Fogel ... Doctor Norm
Lois Ursone Lois Ursone ... Gloria Hadley
Fredrick Franklin Fredrick Franklin
Bob Navarro Bob Navarro ... Newscaster
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Thriller | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil Dog: Hound of Hell See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Derivative but entertaining
5 February 2006 | by CjpSee all my reviews

I remember Devil Dog playing on TBS almost 20 years ago, and my older sister and her friends watching it and laughing all the next day. It's not that bad for a made-for-TV horror movie, but it is derivative (mostly of The Exorcist) and businesslike, for lack of a better word. It won't blow you away with artful cinematography or great acting, but it's not a waste of time, either. It's the kind of movie you watch to kill a couple of hours when you aren't in the mood to think too hard.

However, if you go into the movie looking for some laughs, you won't be disappointed. The early scenes, with Lucky the Devil Dog as a cute little puppy with Children of the Damned eyes are hilariously non-threatening, and the climactic blue-screen effects of a giant black dog (with horns!) are pretty side-splitting. And keep an eye out for the cloaked Satanist in Maverick shades toward the beginning.

Not a great horror film by any stretch of the imagination, but I wish they still made stuff like this for TV.


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