DOGS OF HELL (1982)
aka Rottweilers: Dogs of Hell
Article 3761 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-19-2011
Posting Date: 12-1-2011
Directed by Worth Keeter
Featuring Earl Owensby, Bill Gribble, Robert Bloodworth
What it is: Regional horror movie
The military has been experimenting with rottweilers to see if they can be developed to take the place of army troops. When a transport carrying some of the dogs crashes, they get loose and terrorize the residents and visitors in a mountain resort town.
Much as I admire the attempt to work at character development in a movie, to do it effectively requires a certain level of competence in both the acting and the writing departments, and I’m afraid that the talent in this movie isn’t quite up to the task from either angle. As a result, the first twenty minutes of this movie is a real snoozefest, but once the accident occurs and the dogs get loose it becomes… well, not good, but, if you take into account we’re dealing with low-budget regional horror, it becomes passable. Which is not to say the movie doesn’t have major problems after that point; it has quite a few moments when people act with real stupidity, there are a number of silly lines of dialogue, and the movie keeps trying to instill some more clumsy character development. Nevertheless, it’s sporadically entertaining enough to get by. It was filmed in 3D, though as far as I can tell, the movie uses the gimmick sparingly. My favorite line: “That catfish in there was bigger than Dolly Parton’s latest hit!” – I must admit that I wasn’t expecting those two last words.