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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.


Worth Keeter


Thom McIntyre (as Tom McIntyre)


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


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 Productions





Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rottweiler: Dogs of Hell See more »

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E.O. Corporation See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Not Enough Here to Hold Your Interest
14 October 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dogs of Hell (1983)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

The evil U.S. government have created Rottweilers that are trained to attack and kill humans. A truckload of them are going through a small town when the truck crashes and sends the dogs on a killing spree, which has Sheriff Hank Willis (Earl Owensby) having to take control.

This here was the first of six pictures that Owensby would produce in 3D but to my knowledge there has never been a home video of this version. Most copies out there are from the video and are full screen and don't look the greatest so it's hard to judge the effects obviously but at the same time there were very few things that "jumped" at the screen outside an early scene involving a dart.

As far as the rest of the movie goes, it's really no different than films like THE PACK or DOGS. This one here contains a certain regional atmosphere, which is a plus and it's always fun seeing that charm of Owensby but outside of this there's really not too much here to recommend. The biggest problem is that the film has the majority of the attacks off the screen so we get the cheap effect of a dog growling and then the aftermath of the attack.

DOGS OF HELL has a certain low-budget appeal but there's just not enough here to make it interesting enough to recommend. That is unless you're a fan of Owensby.

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