5.1/10
3,674
40 user 34 critic

Man's Best Friend (1993)

Trailer
0:30 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A genetically engineered dog escapes from the science facility where it was created. A family takes it in unaware of its deadly instincts which soon emerge. The scientist who created the dog tries to find it before its too late.

Director:

John Lafia

Writer:

John Lafia
Reviews
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Link (1986)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When a Jane Chase, a young zoology student, is invited to assist anthropologist Steven Phillips with his experiments involving chimpanzees, mysterious events occur that all center around Phillip's super intelligent simian servant, Link.

Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Terence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Finch
The Unholy (1988)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.

Director: Camilo Vila
Stars: Ben Cross, Hal Holbrook, Ruben Rabasa
Dr. Giggles (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A madman who believes he's a doctor comes to the town where his crazy father was killed, and soon begins murdering people and becoming infatuated with a teenage girl who has a heart condition.

Director: Manny Coto
Stars: Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs, Cliff De Young
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Karl Hochman is a technician in a computer store. He is also known as the "Address Book Killer" due to his habit of stealing people's address books and proceeding to murder anyone listed in... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Talalay
Stars: Karen Allen, Chris Mulkey, Ted Marcoux
Ferat Vampire (1982)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A doctor Marek is shocked when his beloved nurse Mima signs a contract with foreign car manufacturer Ferat, in order to work for them as a rally-driver. A fellow doctor makes him believe ... See full summary »

Director: Juraj Herz
Stars: Jirí Menzel, Dagmar Havlová, Jana Brezková
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Englishman Bruce Campbell (Sir Dirk Bogarde) takes possession of his grandfather's Canadian land, but he faces various challenges such as disgruntled locals, a ruthless contractor, a new power dam, and his own bad health.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After the death of their beloved father, two teens go to their grandmother's house in California and begin to suspect their grandparents of murder.

Director: Peter Rader
Stars: Eric Foster, Kim Valentine, Len Lesser
The Manitou (1978)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Michael Ansara
Shocker (1989)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, John Tesh
Critters 2 (1988)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Eggs of the small, furry alien carnivores are left behind on Earth and, after hatching, again set their appetites on the town of Grover's Bend.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Scott Grimes, Liane Curtis, Terrence Mann
The Nest (1988)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Horrifying shocker as a biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community, terrorizing a peaceful New England fishing village and hideously ... See full summary »

Director: Terence H. Winkless
Stars: Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Franc Luz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ally Sheedy ... Lori Tanner
Lance Henriksen ... Dr. Jarret
Robert Costanzo ... Detective Kovacs
Fredric Lehne ... Perry
John Cassini ... Detective Bendetti
J.D. Daniels ... Rudy
William Sanderson ... Ray
Trula M. Marcus Trula M. Marcus ... Annie
Robin Frates Robin Frates ... Judy Sanders
Rick Barker ... Mailman
Bradley Pierce ... Chet
Robert Arentz Robert Arentz ... EMAX Security Guard
Cameron Arnett ... Dog Catcher #1
Adam Carl ... Dog Catcher #2
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Mugger
Edit

Storyline

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 <jeffhole@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tod kommt auf vier Pfoten See more »

Filming Locations:

Sierra Madre, California, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,974,636
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Lori Tanner: [Reffering to dog food] This stuff is so disgusting.
Annie: Wait till he goes to the bathroom.
[Lori laughs]
See more »

Alternate Versions

The version on USA Network includes scenes cut from the theatrical Version:
  • A scene where Lori and her boyfriend Perry are on couch on the first night with Max outside the patio door, where Lori remarks "look how he become attached to me already."
  • A scene where Lori does her last story on Max, just after Max dies in the scene in the Lab before we cut to three month later, where Lori meets with Rudy to show her the puppies.
  • Scene where Ray has his balls bitten off by Max is cut, jumps right to Emaxx lab scene right as Max goes for Ray.
  • In the TV Version, the scene when Max escapes, when Lori and Anne are in the lab when Dr. Jarret throws down his duffles to the floor as max ignores his commands to "enter" He says "damn it" instead of his real words "God damn it".
  • The scene of the mutilated mugger is removed; all you see are the detectives looking at the dead body.
  • The scene where Lori and Anne are trying to escape from Emaxx after being caught by the guard, when they reach parting elevator doors, revealing Dr. Jarret, "great" is substituted for Anne's original response, "shit".
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Robositter (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Puppy Love
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Martin Blasick (as Marty Blasick)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not enough Henriksen is the biggest problem ...................
14 March 2011 | by merklekranzSee 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


6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed