18 April 2014

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)
95 min.
Directed by Curtis Harrington.
With Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Victor Jory, Lou Frizzell, Ken Kercheval, R.G. Armstrong, Martine Beswick.
This Curtis Harrington telehorror makes an enjoyable late nite sleeper.

After a tragic hit and run accident kills their beloved pet, Mike Barry (Crenna) and his family lovingly welcome new puppy Lucky into the household.

But soon the Barry maid is found burned alive...the next door neighbor's dog is viciously ripped apart...Mike's wife and children begin behaving cold & strangely passive.

Could canine Lucky with the glowing eyes really be a reincarnated demon spirit out to control or murder all those who would stop him?

Implausible but fun TV terror with decent performances from Crenna and Mimieux.

Best scene: the weird 'mirror while sleeping' trick Mike uses to reveal his wife and children as possessed devils.

Lovers of diabolical doggie terrors would do well by a double feature with Zoltan, Hound of Dracula.

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