Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell!!

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell!!! (10.31.78)  Ok, the title doesn't really have exclamation points, but it should.

This is another made for television piece from Curtis Harrington, for CBS this time- for Halloween, even.

Quite the treat, actually.

First, the premise- it's The Omen meets Lassie.  A devil cult breeds a dog with a demon to produce a litter of Satanic puppies.
Really.

One of the litter ended up with the Barry family, parents Richard Crenna and Yvette Mimieux and kids Ike Eisenman and Kim Richards, reprising their Escape to Witch Mountain roles as siblings.

The devil dog works it demon magic on the kids making them evil, eventually getting their mother as well.  So it's up to Dick Crenna to save the day.

And of course he does.  Despite the fact it's a Halloween movie special, it's CBS in the seventies so the family unit emerges intact, and stronger for its trials.

Until little Kim points out their dog was part of a litter...

Because things get hazy as you get older, I actually used to get this movie confused with Dracula's Dog (Zoltan: Hound of Dracula) also from 1978.  Imagine that.