The Pack (1977)

THE PACK (1977)
Article 2395 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-17-2007
Posting Date: 3-3-2008
Directed by Robert Clouse
Featuring Joe Don Baker, Hope Alexander-Willis, Richard B. Shull

Residents of a small island find themselves under attack by a pack of hungry dogs, which were abandoned by vacationers and are now led by a vicious mongrel.

When you think Joe Don Baker, you think of cheesy low-budget action movies that aren’t particularly good. And heaven knows there are some things that are just plain bad in this movie; the premise is a little hard to swallow, some of the acting is quite bad, and it has its share of stupid moments. Still, I rather liked this one; the dogs do come off as effectively scary, some of the attack scenes are well staged, and the director does have a talent for setting up scenes that make you jump (he managed at one point to do it twice in a couple of minutes). I’m also glad that the Humane society was on hand for the filming of this movie; some of the stunts involving dogs and motor vehicles looked fairly dangerous for the animals, especially one in which the pack of dogs encounters a truck on a narrow pier. It maintains the tension throughout and has a good ending. One thing that crossed my mind; the pack of dogs was loose on Seal Island. This made me wonder if there was an island somewhere called Dog Island where the residents were under attack by a pack of – well, maybe I should stick to reviews rather than coming up with story ideas.


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