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Year
1983
Runtime
93 min.
Director
Lewis Teague
Genres
Thriller, Horror
Rating *
6.0
Votes *
24,469
Checks
5,420
Favs
94
Dislikes
96
Favs/checks
1.7% (1:58)
Favs/dislikes
1:1
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  1. neocowboy's avatar

    neocowboy

    I've seen scarier episodes of Scooby-Doo. 10 years 3 months ago
  2. ChrisReynolds's avatar

    ChrisReynolds

    Stephen King lists this movie as one of his 10 favourite adaptations of his works. Over Carrie, The Shining, and The Dead Zone. I don't know what he sees in this one.
    Problems with this film are numerous: the action doesn't get started until 40 minutes in, and then quickly gets stuck in a single location; the direction is workmanlike and bland; the dog is never convincingly threatening, with lots of fast cuts and shaky camera-work to convey a lot of the attacks; characters often make stupid decisions so that the plot can put them and others in danger; almost all the characters are annoying and unlikeable, particularly the little boy; the sub plots of the affair and the ad campaign aren't all that interesting and take up far too much time.
    There are some good points, though: Dee Wallace is good and convincingly portrays the exhaustion and terror of someone in her situation; she's also pretty good in the sub-plot of the affair, putting in a reserved but believable performance and helping to evince sympathy for her character; Jan de Bont photographs the film well; and there were two or three genuinely tense moments.
    10 years 5 months ago
  3. Videl's avatar

    Videl

    It's Beethoven! It's just a dog covered in mud and white and yellow foam, his eyes just look healthy. Even felt sorry for the dirty St. Bernard. 10 years 9 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #418 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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