One long-running subgenre of horror films includes the deadly dog creature feature. Dating back to the 1939 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's
*The Hound of the Baskervilles*, the subgenre continued to increase in ferocity over the years and decades until legendary horror scribe Stephen King injected new rabid life into it with *Cujo* in 1983

In the years between and after, the killer canine subgenre continued to proliferate. Some of the films in the subgenre are unspeakable awful, while others genuinely succeed in underscoring the visceral fear of a pet pooch gone bad

## Devil Dog: The Hound Of(1978) 5.2
Underrated filmmaker Curtis Harrington directed several worthy horror films in his day. One such title includes the 1978 TV movie
*Devil Dog: The Hound ofin which a rabid German Shephard goes on a murder spree after being possessed by Satan

When Mike (Richard Crenna) realizes his new pet dog is acting strangely, he learns the beast is an immortal satanic minion with a penchant for human blood and the ability to control people's minds. The lunacy of the plot is made up for by the intense dog attacks and genuine dread it causes among its characters and viewers alike

## Man's Best Friend (1993) 5.2
An ideal companion piece to
* Cujo* is *Man's Best Friend*, a horror film that criticizes animal cruelty in the name of scientific research. When Lori (Ally Sheedy) adopts a medically abused Tibetan Mastiff named Max, he violently slaughters a mugger who accosts her that night

As Lori and Maxcloser, she slowly realizes he has been genetically altered with predatory DNA and is prone to hyper-violent attacks as a result. With a terrifying mixture of grisly violence combined with genuine sympathy for murderous Max, the film is both scary and endearing at once

## The Pack (1977) 5.9
Not to be confused with the 2015 killer canine film of the same name, the '70s version of
*The Pack* is one of the most brutal PG-rated horror films on record. The film follows vacationers at Seal Island resort, where they are accosted by a vicious pack of neglected dogs that turns into cannibalistic beasts

The well-made movie stars Joe Don Baker as Jerry, a family man who must protect his family from the lethal canine onslaught. Like
*Man's Best Friend,* the movie does a good job of making the audience both terrified of and sympathetic with the abandoned and poorly treated killer dogs

## Cujo (1983) 6.1
While it's more famous than the others,
*Cujo* ranks in the lower half of the best killer dog movies, according to IMDb. Based on the Stephen King bestseller, the film traces the hyper-violent descent into madness a cuddly St. Bernard experiences after being infected by rabies. *Cujo* has gained a reputation for being one of the gnarliest domestic pets gone awry horror movies. Aside from the visceral terror inflicted by Cujo'sattacks, the film makes a lasting emotional impact due to the heartened relationship between Donna (Dee Wallace) and her desperate attempt to keep her five-year-old son Tad (Danny Pintauro) safe from his favorite childhood pet

## Good Boy (2020) 6.3
Technically a feature film-length episode of Hulu's horror anthology
*Into The Dark, Good Boy* takes a refreshingly comedic approach to its deadly dog story. Judy Greer stars as Maggie, a journalist who is advised to get an emotional support dog following a setback at work

When Maggie soon learns that her cute little pet terrier starts gorily pulverizing everyone who is mean to her, she becomes reinvigorated and starts to overcome her anxiety. Fusing sidesplitting humor with heart-pounding horror, Good Boy is a light and breezy horror film with a huge bite

## Trapped (1973) 6.7
James Brolin stars in the above-average TV movie
*Trapped* in which he plays a man who is robbed and beaten unconscious in a department store after hours. When he comes to, he realizes he's locked in the store alone with six voracious attack dogs

Written and directed by Frank De Felitta, the most fun part of the movie is seeing how Chuck (Brolin) methodically brings the dogs down, one by one, in a variety of different ways. Beyond that, the sheer terror of being outnumbered six to one by man-eating Dobermans is the stuff of legitimate nightmares

## Baxter (1989) 6.9
*Baxter* is an obscure French horror-comedy about a baleful Bull Terrier who will stop at nothing to be adopted by a new owner. After being given to an elderly woman by a family member, Baxter plans a sinister way to get rid of her

Afterward, Baxter is given to the woman's neighbor, only todiscontent and become brutally ballistic in short order. The mordant humor and stinging violence are handled in a deft manner by director Jerome Boivin, making for a fun, dark, and unpredictable killer dog comedy that every fan of the subgenre should see

##God (2014) 6.9
To label the Hungarian film
God* as just a killer dog film would be a reductive disservice to the brilliance of director Kornel Mundruzco's vision. The bizarre fantasy drama follows the journey of Hagen, a SharPei-Labrador hybrid who begins as a guard dog for a 13-year-old girl named Lili (Zsofia Psotta)

When Lili's dog kicks Hagen out on the street, he allies with several hundred nomadic dogs until he is consigned to a life of violent crime by a ruthless criminal. The performance of Hagen alone is worth the price of admission in a must-see tale of ultimate friendship

##Dog (1982) 7.1
The aforementioned
God* was originally namedDog* but was renamed out of respect for Samuel Fuller, the director of the 1982 original. As lean, mean, and unrelenting as can be, it tells the tale of aGerman Shepherd that has been trained toonly black people

When black dog-trainer Keys (Paul Winfield) adopts the dog, he is tasked with deprogramming the killer dog and retrain him. The task is much more difficult than he thinks at first, as the dog continues to maim and murder. But, over time, Keys is able to get through to the animal and cure him. The cutting social commentary and grisly violence make the movie a winner

## The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1939) 7.5
While the 1959 Hammer Horror movie remake is a worthy contender, the original
*Hound of the Baskervilles* remains the first and best killer dog film, according to IMDb

With a trailblazing story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the film follows the iconic Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce) as they investigate a horrifying hellhound. The eerie fog-drenched atmosphere, top-notch performances, and genuinely thrilling mystery make this the definitive killer dog movie

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