Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell

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Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell
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Film poster
GenreThriller
Horror
Written byElinor Karpf
Steven Karpf
Directed byCurtis Harrington
StarringRichard Crenna
Yvette Mimieux
Kim Richards
Ike Eisenmann
Theme music composerArtie Kane
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Hal Landers
Jerome M. Zeitman
Producer(s)Lou Morheim
CinematographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Editor(s)Margo Anderson
Ronald J. Fagan
Running time95 minutes
Production company(s)Wizan Productions
DistributorCBS
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseOctober 31, 1978

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell is a 1978 American made-for-television horror thriller film directed by Curtis Harrington. The story centers on a suburban family and the harrowing experiences they endure from a possessed dog that they innocently adopt. The film stars Richard Crenna as Mike Barry, the father, Yvette Mimieux as Betty, the mother, and Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann as Bonnie and Charlie, their children. The latter two starred in Disney's Witch Mountain duology.

Plot summary[edit]

The Barry family acquire a German Shepherd puppy after their old one dies in an accident. They buy the puppy from a seemingly friendly fruit vendor who is actually a Satanist who bred the dog during an evil ceremony, causing it to be possessed. They give the dog up in order to wreak havoc in the hope that Satan will overcome good once and for all. The dog acts very strangely when they bring it home, leading the father, Mike, and the family maid to believe that there is something wrong with it. Mike starts to believe so after the maid is killed in a fire while she was watching the dog and he is nearly forced to stick his arm into a lawnmower while it is running and the dog is present. Mike barely avoids having his arm cut off and soon the dog begins to exhibit mind control powers that allow it to kill, injure or mentally control many victims. Eventually, the family's souls are possessed by the dog causing them to act strangely, including Mike's son framing another student by stealing a watch and planting it in a classmate's locker, thus allowing him to win the student election. Mike finally decides that the dog has overstayed its welcome when he finds a secret shrine to Satan in the attic. Mike tries to shoot the demonic beast to put an end to the hardships, but it is unharmed.

Realizing that the dog is possessed, Mike finally makes a special trip to Ecuador to determine how to destroy the animal. Unfortunately, there is no way to kill it, but if you hold a holy symbol to its eye, you can imprison it in Hell for 1,000 years. He takes it to a showdown at his work plant, but there the dog turns into a demonic version of itself and begins to wreak havoc. When he is cornered by the beast, he holds the sign he made on his hand right up to the beast's eye. This causes the beast to be engulfed in fire and imprisoned, getting his family's souls back. The final scene shows the family loading the family car for a vacation and Mike's daughter mentioning that there were 10 puppies that the vendor was selling and wondering where the other nine are, suggesting that there are more Satanic dogs and that it is not over yet.

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Home video release[edit]

Shriek Show released the film on DVD in 2005 and on Blu-ray in 2011.

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