Released in 1976 Dogs was one in a long line of ‘nature on the rampage’ movies that followed the certain success of a shark movie starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. Nothing was safe from film makers, grizzly bears, piranhas and even a Sasquatch frequented the cinema screens.
In a small California college town local cattle have been slaughtered. The owner of the local ranch isn’t impressed but when he gets killed by what seems to be some kind of attack by a pack of animals, two college professors take an interest and begin investigating. Not too far away there is a secret government facility nobody talks about, could this be the cause of the attacks? The college Dean wants to keep things under wraps but when a load of kids and their parents are attacked by canines, things start to get really nasty.
For what is a typical 70’s cheesy premise, Dogs is one well made film. Back before the days of CGI, the production utilised well trained woofers and obviously stunt men who were willing to be roughed up by the likes of Dobermans and Alsatians. The attacks are well staged and there is a fair amount of blood and guts on display (usually post attack).
A relatively unknown cast led by The Man from U.N.C.L.E himself David McCallum sporting a Shakin’ Stevens’eque denim jacket and matching jeans take it all fairly seriously and there is also a small pre-Dallas role for Linda Gray. No one is ever safe from the hounds including old ladies and the token annoying fat bloke, so you never know who is next to be human Pedigree Chum.
It zips along at a fair pace and is rather entertaining as I found myself constantly rooting for the dogs to attack those pesky humans. Daft but well worth 90 minutes of your life.
- Starring David McCallum Sandra McCabe George Wyner Linda Gray
- Director Burt Brinckerhoff
- Distributor 88 Films