A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.
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Skipper is dead. Skipper is a dog, the pet of the Barry family. RichardCrenna (Mike Brady...I mean Mike Barry) and Yvette Mimieux (Betty Barry, ascute as her real name as cute as her real self) are the parents and KimRichards (Bonnie Barry...does the cuteness ever stop!) and Ike Eisenmann(Charlie Barry)--those two cute kids from the Witch Mountain films--aretheir children. Kim Richards is in pig tails and sailor dress no less. Butwhy is Skipper dead? A hit and run? We know it's more than just a hit andrun because just beforehand we see a Satanic ritual invoking the devil intoa newly purchased pup. And who should show up just after Skipper is turnedinto road kill? One of the satan worshippers with a truck load ofpuppies...guess which one Kim Richards takes? Way before Speilberg broughthorror to the suburbs in Poltergiest or there were any Nightmares on ElmStreet, this made-for-TV flick dared to merge the Devil with next door. Ireally like seeing a wholesome TV family meet satan via a cute littlepuppy...I mean how cool is that? The problem is that in this case four isnot enough...more kids would mean more room for deadly mayhem. The funbegins when the Barry's live-in maid Alice (oh wait a minute she has aCatholic alter in her room...oh yeah, Maria) becomes the first victimof...DEVIL DOG: HOUND OF HELL! Will Devil Dog make Mike Barry stick hishand in a lawn mower blade? Will Devil Dog make Charlie talk back to hismom? Will mom get horny? I won't tell you. My biggest complaint is thatthis was just a TV movie and not an R-rated feature film allowing for amplenudity in the case of Yvette Mimieux. I really would have liked to see hernaked buns dipping into the pool or the cult strip her naked during one oftheir rituals. Now that would have been awesome.
No, this hilariously horrible 70's made-for-TV horror clinker isn'tabout a deadly demonically possessed dessert cake. Still, thisexceptionally awful, yet undeniably amusing and thus enjoyable cathoderay refuse reaches a breathtaking apex of absolute, unremittingsilliness and atrociousness that's quite tasty in aso-execrable-it's-downright-awesome sort of way. Richard Crenna,looking haggard and possibly inebriated, and Yvette Mimieux, who actsas if she never got over the brutal rape she endured in "Jackson CountyJail," sluggishly portray a disgustingly nice and respectablesuburbanite couple whose quaint, dull, sleepy small town existence getsripped asunder when the cute German Shepard they take in as the familypet turns out to be some ancient lethal evil spirit. Pretty soonMimieux and her two repellently cutesy kids Kim Richards and IkeEisenmann (the psychic alien moppets from the Disney "Witch Mountain"pictures) are worshiping a crude crayon drawing of the nasty, uglycanine entity in the den. Boy, now doesn't that sound really scary anddisturbing? Well, scary and disturbing this laughably ludicrousclaptrap sure ain't, but it sure is funny, thanks to Curtis ("NightTide") Harrington's hopelessly weak direction, cartoonish (not so)special effects, an almost painfully risible'n'ridiculous plot, and agame cast that struggles valiantly with the absurd story (besides theleads, both Martine Beswicke and R.G. Armstrong briefly pop up asmembers of a Satanic cult and Victor Jory has a nice cameo as a helpfulNative American shaman). Favorite scene: the malicious Mephestophelionmutt puts the whammy on Crenna, practically forcing him to stick hishand into a wildly spinning lawnmower blade. While stuck-up snobbyfright film fans may hold their noses at the perfectly putrid stench ofthis admittedly smelly schlock, devout TV trash lovers should deem thisendearingly abominable offal the boob tube equivalent to Alpo.
I remember Devil Dog playing on TBS almost 20 years ago, and my oldersister and her friends watching it and laughing all the next day. It'snot 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, butit's not a waste of time, either. It's the kind of movie you watch tokill 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 bedisappointed. The early scenes, with Lucky the Devil Dog as a cutelittle puppy with Children of the Damned eyes are hilariouslynon-threatening, and the climactic blue-screen effects of a giant blackdog (with horns!) are pretty side-splitting. And keep an eye out forthe cloaked Satanist in Maverick shades toward the beginning.Not a great horror film by any stretch of the imagination, but I wishthey still made stuff like this for TV.
There was no shortage of movies dealing with Satan in the 1970s. It washis decade, no doubt about that. Of course the films vary in quality,the highest being classics like 'The Exorcist' and 'The Omen.' Towardsthe end of the decade the trend was starting to dry up and one of thelast examples of this is this film, a TV movie released on Halloweennight that has since enjoyed a small cult following. Being the lover ofB horror movies that I am of course I had to give it a look and eventhough I've seen far better I'm glad I did.Pros: The cast is game. A decent, at times chilling musical score.Plenty for lovers of camp to enjoy. Moves at a good pace. Some reallycreepy imagery. Nicely photographed. A couple excellent moments oftension.Cons: Has aged badly. Pretty predictable. Needed some extra oomphbecause the film rarely rises above cheap thrills. Had they played upthe Satanic cult angle more it may have helped.Final thoughts: Whether or not you believe in the devil, you have toadmit he's a great subject for a horror movie. Many times this has beensuccessful, many times not. 'Devil Dog: Hound of Hell' works as a fun Bmovie and is ideal viewing with some friends or on Halloween night as adouble feature with another enjoyable B movie of your choice.My rating: 3/5
I might be losing my marbles but I thoroughly enjoyed "Devil Dog: TheHound of Hell".It's a silly story, not very suspenseful and it stays away from gorecompletely. Of course this is a TV movie so maybe I should haveanticipated that. But you've gotta love the 70's. It was a time whentalented people behind and in front of the camera accepted absurdprojects and executed them with seriousness and passion.Aside from some very bad special effects everything in "Devil Dog" ishandled splendidly. Veteran actor Richard Crenna gives a very goodcentral performance as the father who loses his family members todemonic possession thanks to Lucky, the new dog, who's an offspring ofSatan.Director Harrington does his job well, even conjuring up some eeriemood and atmosphere on occasion. Scriptwise this is decently writtenalthough I found the finale to be quite lacking.If you're a fan of 1970's American horror film-making and keep in mindyou're watching a relatively low-budget TV movie chances are you mightbe in for a surprise.
I went into this expecting something along the lines of a dog versionof The Omen; but got only silly schlock in what can only be describedas a really dull seventies horror TV movie; this fact made even worseconsidering how many great horror films were stemmed from TV in theseventies. The plot is extremely simple and focuses on a family whotake in a German Shepherd after accidentally running it over. However,the dog turns out to be a minion of Satan and starts causing troublefor the family. The film is directed by Curtis Harrington who directeda string of trashy horror movies; including Queen of Blood and TheKilling Kind, takes up the directorial reins here and isn't able tomake anything out of the incredibly weak material. The plot is amixture of complete stupidity and total boredom, and for the first halfof the film barely anything happens. The special effects are alsohorrible; and don't get any slack for the fact that the film is a TVmovie as I've seen TV movies with better effects than this before! Thedog itself has its own little subplot but even that doesn't add anycredibility to the film. I don't doubt something decent could have beenmade out of this material; but there was nothing decent on thisoccasion and Devil Dog is a terrible movie.
This horror movie is really weak...that is if this is the correct movie I amcommenting on. Nothing really terrible goes on as a family adopts a cutelittle German Shepard pup. I had a German Shepard and it is a really gooddog. I did not get the idea to get one from this movie though, but ratherfrom the comedy "K-9". That is another story all together though. Thismovie really doesn't have much horror at all as the most horrific scene isat the end and it looks really cheesy. Also, we see a guy almost put hishand into a lawn mower. That is about it. The father suspects somethingthough, as his family seems to be getting rather strange, somewhere he findsout if you hold a mirror to them while they are sleeping you can see if theyare possessed. All in all a really weak horror movie even by televisionstandards...television movies that do work are out there as "This HousePossessed" is pretty good and there is another haunted house movie about awoman and these strange creatures that is also rather good. This one isreally rather dull.
A Satanic cult procures a dog for the sole purpose of breeding it witha demon and then has a huge litter that is given away to unsuspectingpeople all over the country. Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell tells thestory of one family caught up in this unspeakable horror. Okay, perhapsI am getting a bit too melodramatic given the material here. Yes, it isa 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)directswith his usual touch. The story obviously has holes and problems ofcredibility: a dog is really a demon centuries old that has a story allhis own, Richard Crenna manages to keep his hand out of a lawnmowerblade because he is the "chosen" one, and so many more. Despite allthese problems, the average yet solid direction, the cheap feel thatcomes with a seventies TV production, ridiculous special effects, Ifound myself thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. Like anotherreviewer noted, movies from this decade in the horror genre are justdifferent than any other decade. They have a certain quality hard toput your finger on. As for the cast Crenna always does a workmanlikejob, Yvette Mimieux is eerily good, Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards(theWitch Mountain kids) are sickeningly sweet and evil and perfect in thisconcoction of unreality, and the film boasts a minor array ofinteresting cameos with Victor Jory, Barbara Steele, and R. G.Armstrong(soon to be Uncle Lewis Vendredi in the TV Friday the 13th:the Series).
Not only does this film have one of the great movie titles, it sports the third teaming of 70s child actors Ike Eissenman and Kim Richards. I seem to remember this film being broadcast Halloween week back in '78 going against Linda Blair in Stranger in our House. I missed it on the first run choosing to see the other film. Later, on repeat, I saw I made the right choice. The movie is not really bad, but, really lacks any chills or surprises. Although, I did like the scene where Richard Crenna shoots the family dog to no avail.
Before Cujo,there was Lucky the devil dog. In 1978,on Halloween nightthe movie"Devil Dog,The Hound of Hell" premiered. A story of a familygetting a new puppy (from a farmer who just happen to be in theneighborhood selling fruits and vegetables) because their dog Skipperwas killed.Coencidence? Everyone loves the new dog,but there issomething strange about him. It isn't long until the father Mike Barry(Richard Crenna,FirstBlood)starts to notice.His wife Betty(Yvette Mimieux,Where The BoysAre,Jackson County Jail,Snowbeast)is different and his kids Charlie andBonnie(Ike Eisenman,Witch Mountain and Fantastic Vourage and KimRichards,Witch Mountain,Nanny and the Professor,HelloLarry,Tuff-Turf)also have changed. Does the dog have something to dowith it? He's determined to find out and do whatever it takes to savehis family.This movie is great because it has Ike and Kim playing a darker side ofthemselves than what we saw on those witch mountain movies. This is oneof the many 70's made-for-TV horror movies that was actually scary fora made-for-TV horror movie. The music was creepy and even the endingwhich I won't tell made you think.This movie also stars Ken Kercheval(Cliff Barnes of Dallas)and R.G.Armstrong(who couldn't stay away from devil movies remember"Race withthe Devil"?)It's worth watching.
Yes it was a little low budget, but this movie shows love! The only badthings about it was that you can tell the budget on this film would notcompare to "Waterworld" and though the plot was good, the film neverreallytapped into it's full potential! Strong performances from everyone and thesuspense makes it worthwhile to watch on a rainy night.
I was thrilled to learn from one of the previous comments that this"horror" movie is available on DVD! I don't remember much about it, butdo recall the cheesy special effects and the vain attempts to make acute German Shepherd puppy look spine-chillingly evil. The scene Iremember best and still laugh about is when the family's maid, (who's aLatino and is therefore in touch with unseen forces), sees the adorablelittle puppy, complete with disproportionately huge paws, andIMMEDIATELY recognizes him as evil! The special effects crew achievedthis effect by shining a flashlight in his eyes, causing them to glowmalevolently, or so the audience was supposed to think. She beginsbacking away from the puppy in terror, crossing herself and crying out,"Ohhh, Madre de Dios!" Her prayers are to no avail, as she soon meets ahorrible fate at the hands (or paws) of Devil Dog. The end, where wesee Devil Dog's "true" form is an absolute riot! They took some dog andstuck a wig and a horn on his head, as I recall, and then projected thewhole ridiculous spectacle on a giant screen, designed to make theviewing audience reel in horror.One of the things that makes this movie so enjoyable is the cast. Ilove those familiar faces from the seventies and eighties, whose ranks,alas, are thinning: Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, R.G. Armstrong, etal. And the production values from that era were far superior to what'son TV today - much better color, for one thing, and the scripts, evenin a cheesefest like this, were more like real conversation and notloaded with "edgy, hip", mean-spirited remarks like the garbage on TVtoday.We need more fine films like Devil Dog: Hound of Hell!
This is one of my best classic movies of horror cause the dog scares u ifuÂ´re alone and even if u have a dog.I donÂ´t know why thereÂ´s no more horror movies like that actually butanywaypeople or companies prefer american heroes than this movies.
VERY dull, obvious, tedious Exorcist rip-off featuring a Doberman with redeyes - that's the extent of the special effects in this made-for-tvcheapie.Richard Crenna is about as animate as a chew toy. Very 70's dress &musiconly add to the torture. Should put you to sleep almost as fast as "TheCorpse Vanishes", or "The Blue Hand". Practically worthless. MooCow sayseaghhh what a stinky dog! :=8P
This film is a hoot, or a bark. I don't know. Richard Crenna plays anaverage suburban dad who buys a cute puppy for his family. Turns out thepuppy is possessed by Satan! The fun really begins when the pup grows tobe the Devil Dog, a beautiful German Shepard. Fellow imdb reviewer gavethis a low rating. How could you dislike a movie where the family dog makesthe mom become the town slut, the kids become the school bully, and make theentire family (except dad) worship Satan in the attic. The shots of doggiestaring at Richard Crenna, backed by sappy 70's electronic "scary" musichelp makes this film such a charmer. Jimmy Carter era thrillshere!
Having been a fan of the delightfully decadent Martine Beswicke (nÃ©eBeswick) for many years (ever since I first caught her in "Dr. Jekyll &Sister Hyde*), I've always wanted to see "Devil Dog" -- and it's oddthat I would have missed it when it was first aired, because I wouldhave been a hardcore TV-movie junkie at that young age. but miss it Idid (must've been out trick- or-treating that night). I'm glad Iwaited-out the DVD (great print!) and finally got to see this TV-moviein pristine glory. Other Martine fans out there (you know who you are) will delight in theopening seven minutes or so. First, La Beswicke (in a spectacular setof high-heeled, ankle-strapped, f*ck-me pumps) along with a couple ofher diabolical disciples stroll through a dog breeder's complexshopping for the right "Rosemary" to give birth to Satan's canineoffspring. They're all dressed in black suits and drive a sinister,black station wagon (how cool is THAT!?!). There's a brief, but drollexchange with the breeder who wonders aloud what these big-ticket,officious types want with "Lady", a highly prized German Shepardpuppy-machine he's used to pop out blue-ribbon winning litters in thepast (only the best for the Prince of Darkness, you know...). Martinesets him straight in her characteristically exotic line delivery,"we're NOT adopting a CHILD, you know!..." Could this be a publicservice announcement for a PETA ad campaign? But I digress...Cut to a close up of what has to be one of the neatest Satanicportraits I've ever seen. The horned Master is rendered in shades ofpea-soup green with a snake coiled around him. Could this be an episodeof "Night Gallery"???Pull back to find the enormous painting (which I wish I HAD!) hangingabove an altar in a barn where Ms. Beswicke, in red robes, isconducting a black mass. Pull back further to reveal a pentagram in acircle drawn in the ground, where "Lady" the pooch is leashed to astake. Martine makes some invocations and tosses some "thing" into thespace between her and the dog which explodes on contact with the ground(ooh! ahh! Special Effects!). The sparkler spooks the dog, naturally,and all you can feel is compassion for the canine (oh, poor doggy!). Weget some great close-ups of Martine, who looks fabulous, btw, anddeserves much credit for managing to recite all the dialog with astraight face. Nobody quite does "evil" like Ms. Beswicke; she reallygets into the part and seems to relish it (atta girl!).Mention must be made of Martine's purple-clad coven, who manage torecite back all the mumbo-jumbo she's been saying (which indeed musthave taken some bit of rehearsal). A windstorm begins, heralding theappearance of The Black Prince (or his dog, anyhow). We get anothergiggle-inducing moment when the camera cuts to one of Martine's minionswho has chosen to attend the function in his sunglasses. The tensionmounts. As credits announce the production, Martine swoops down from her altarand escorts her denizens outside the barn, leaving "Lady" tied to astake in the middle of the pentagram (presumably to awaitimpregnation). Soon a huge shadow of a dog passes over them all, andinto the barn. Martine shuts the doors and throws a captivating smile(as her credit appears). What goes on inside is merely hinted at, butWE KNOW, don't we...!?!?!?!Later we learn it is the big, black station wagon that kills the Barryfamily dog which means they'll be in the market for a replacement(hasn't anyone heard of having more than one dog at a time? Ohwell...). A terrific actor (Victor Jory?) portrays thedevil-worshiper/grocer-on-wheels who just "happens" to show up outsidethe door of the Barry family and bestow on them the prize puppy of"Lady"s litter. He leers malevolently at Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann(the Barry family children) like a gleeful child molester turned loosein an orphanage, offering them first ripe, red apples (shades of SnowWhite!) and then a puppy from the litter of a rather worn-out looking"Lady" which he just happens to be carting around in the back of hisawning-draped caravan. There are so many "warning" messages in this film! Don't sell dogs tosatanists! Don't let your children near leering mobile grocers! Don'tadopt puppies from leering mobile grocers who may be satanists!, etc.But it's the innocent, gullible Carter-era of the 1970s and none ofthese folks have a clue about what's going to happen to them...Other reviewers have focused on what comes next, so I'll spare you myinterpretation, except to point out that the wallpaper in the Barryhousehold (look at the dining room and the kitchen, for example) is farscarier than anything that "Lucky" the adopted spawn of Satan canconjure up. Rent (or purchase) at once for a night of fun with friends. Pair thisup with Susan Lucci's dreadful demonic health-spa film, "Invitation ToHell" or possibly another canine car-wreck like "Won Ton Ton: The DogThat Saved Hollywood" (if you can even find a copy!). Keep the popcornflowing!
The concept of this made-for-TV horror movie is ludicrous beyond words,but hey, it was the late 1970's and literally all stupid horror formatswere pretty damn profitable, so why not exploit the idea of asatanically possessed dog? The plot of "Devil Dog" is easy to describeto fans of the horror genre: simply think of "The Omen" and replace thenewborn baby boy with a nest of German Shepard pups! Seriously, I'm notkidding, that's what the movie is about! During the opening sequence,members of some kind of satanic cult buy a female dog in heat only tohave it impregnated by Satan himself. You'd think that the Lord ofDarkness has other things on His mind than to fornicate with a GermanShepard and take over the world one evil puppy at the time, butapparently not. Exactly like little Damien in "The Omen", one of thepuppies is taken in by model family and grows up to become a beautifuland charismatic animal. But Lucky Â that's the dog's name Â is pureevil and liquidates annoying neighbors and nosy school teachers inderivative and tamely executed ways. He also inflicts his malignantcharacter on the family wife and children, but he cannot force thefather (Richard Crenna) to stick his arm into a lawnmower because he'sa "chosen one". The whole thing becomes too moronic for words whenCrenna eventually travels to Ecuador to search for an ancient wallpainting and gets advice from an old witchdoctor who speaks perfectEnglish. I guess he learned that living in isolation atop of a mountainhis entire life. Director Curtis Harrington ("What's the matter withHelen", "Ruby") and lead actor Richard Crenna ("Wait until Dark", "TheEvil") desperately try to create a suspenseful and mysteriousatmosphere, but all is in vain. Scenes like cute puppy eyesspontaneously setting fire to a Spanish maid or a dog dodging bulletswithout even moving evoke chuckles instead of frights, and not evenspooky musical tunes can chance that. The "special" effects arepathetic, especially near the end when the Satan-dog mutates into anutterly cheesy shadow on the wall. "Devil Dog" is a truly dumb movie,but it's definitely hilarious to watch late at night with some friendsand loads of liquor. There are entertaining brief cameos of MartineBeswick ("Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde") as the terrifying cult queen andR.G. Armstrong ("The Car", "The Pack") as the evil fruit, vegetable andpuppy salesman. And, yes, that annoying daughter is the same kid whogets blown away complaining about her ice-cream in Carpenter's "Assaulton Precinct 13".
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell starts as happily married couple Mike(Richard Crenna) & Betty Barry (Yvette Mimieux) arrive home & findSkipper their Dog lying dead on the road outside their house, it'stheir ten year old daughter Bonnie's (Kim Richards) birthday & she isdevastated by the news but as luck would have it an old man with a cutelitter of puppies just happens to be driving by. Instantly taken by thecute puppies Bonnie & her brother Charlie (Ike Eisenmann) decide tohave one & replace Skipper, mum & dad agree & the new puppy is namedLucky. However their is something wrong with Lucky, something evil &the housekeeper knew it but she dies in a mysterious accident, then theBarry's neighbour turns up dead as does one of Charlie's teachers. Mikesees his family change from a loving wife & caring children to coldSatan worshippers. Action is needed & Mike is convinced that Lucky isthe spawn of Satan & that he must somehow defeat it...This American & Canadian co-production was directed by veteran CurtisHarrington & was made for television & it originally aired on Halloweenthe 31st October 1978 & subsequently was picked up for release on videoaround the world. Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell is as silly as itsounds, a Dog possessed by an evil demon who doesn't actually do thatmuch expect wreck a family. The script takes itself far too seriously &ends up being very dry & quite dull, something as obviously as absurdas Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell should have been written with a senseof humour & an awareness of it's own stupidity which might have made ita bit more fun to watch but as it is Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell is apretty boring & underwhelming viewing experience. From the very woodencharacter's to the restrained exploitation elements to the general lackof purposeful story Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell is a bit of a chore tosit through. No explanation is given as to why the Barry family arechosen by the Satan cultists anyway, there's no great reasoning behindthe Devil Dog or what it is trying to do, sure it changes thepersonality of three people & kills three other's but for what purposeexactly? The script's central message is about how evil can corrupt &destroy family values, as seen in the breakdown of the Barry family &that there is nothing more important than the family but even thismoral preaching comes across as laboured & ineffective. To try & makethe Dog threatening there are a few unintentionally funny scenes likewhen it tries to hypnotise Mike into putting his own hand intolawnmower blades or when Mike catches his family holding a Satanworshipping ceremony at 3 in the morning but seems quite relaxed aboutit all the same! At over an hour & a half it drags too with a not worththe wait climax that amounts to nothing more than Mike putting his handup to the Devil Dog to banish it back to hell.There were quite a few made for television horror films during the 70'slike Gargoyles (1972), The Night Stalker (1972), Don't Be Afraid of theDark (1973), Killdozer (1974), Killer Bees (1974), Trilogy of Terror(1975) & the Stephen King adaptation Salem's Lot (1979) but surelyDevil Dog: The Hound of Hell has to be the weakest one out there. Asexpected there's no violence or gore & when the Devil Gog does show upin it's true form it's a rather silly & sad looking monster. Theeffects work is pretty poor too with some terrible blue screen work.The US DVD release of Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell comes with an audiointerview with it's director Harrinton who makes no attempt to hide hishatred & contempt for this saying he was just a director for hire & heconsiders it his worst film. There you go, who am I to argue?Probably shot on a low budget on a tight schedule Devil Dog: The Houndof Hell is typical bland made for television fare, competent I supposebut forgettable. This was the third time Kim Rchards & Ike Eisenmannhad played brother & sister in a film. The acting is fine I suppose butthe seriousness of the production makes the whole thing very dry & dullto watch.Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell is a bad film, a bad film featuring ademon possessed Dog that doesn't really do a lot & isn't scary orthreatening at all. Not worth wasting your time on to be honest.
The Devil Dog: Hound of Hell is really good film. It has good acting bythecast including Richard Crenna and R.G. Armstrong.The music is spooky andgives that devilish chill!I liked the effects on the dog and I think thecreature itself looked really cool with its horns,frill like part on hisneck, and acted really viscous!If you like horror films and haven't seenTheDevil Dog: Hound of Hell before and are able to find and buy this rarefilmthen do so because its a good movie and I don't think you'll bedisappointed!
I've seen this movie more than once. It was on par with a lot of thespooky stuff that was being shown in television movies back then. Theonly problem I had was with the title for the obvious reasons... Oneimmediately thinks of the famous snack cake by Drake's! Leaving off thefirst part, 'Hound of Hell' would have sufficed.Richard Crenna always manages to bring a sense of seriousness toanything he does, anyway - whether the plot is good or bad. But thiswas an enjoyable Halloween fare offered by the CBS network. I loved thepart where Crenna takes a flight to some obscure country to find themystic who would help him conquer the evil beast. He asks the cabdriver how to find this guy. Great dialogue between the native cabdriver and Crenna in terms of the cabby dissing his own people's ethnicbeliefs. 'Aw, Mr. Barry, I left that stuff behind when I came down fromthe mountains...' - referring to the mystic who rarely sees or advisespeople, and nobody knows how to really contact him. As far as supernatural fare goes, this movie is still enjoyable.