This week on Psychotronic Netflix, we’ve got ten flicks about pets, as we take a look a few instances where man’s best friends get human beings into more trouble than they’re worth!
10. Red (2007)
Not to be confused with the Bruce Willis flick of the same name (which, confusingly, ALSO has Brian Cox), this adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s slow boil revenge thriller finds Cox avenging the death of his dog from a group of rowdy kids. Michael Madsen and Amanda Plummer co-star in Lucky McKee and Trygve Allister Diesen’s solid thriller, and Cox is excellent.
9. Rango (2011)
You laugh, but Gore Verbinski’s kid-friendly story about a pet chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp in Hunter S. Thompson mode) who ends up getting loose and becoming the sheriff of a crime-ridden town is a pretty entertaining comedic western, even if it is animated. Among the other voices are Timothy Olyphant, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Ray Winstone and Harry Dean Stanton.
8. Pet Sematary (1989)
Mary Lambert’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel is pretty solid, even if Fred Gwynne’s accent borders on camp. “The ground is souahhhhhhhh!!”
7. Coldfish (2010)
Based on a true story, Sion Sono’s graphic serial killer flick about a fish shop owner who becomes entangled with a fish salesman who also happens to be offing folks on the side features solid performances and some equally solid splatter.
6. C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
The sole effort from a partnership between American International Pictures and Hanna-Barbera (!) about a robot security dog made to attempt to cash in on the Benji craze, though it’s an entertainingly odd kid’s movie in it’s own right, with a cast that includes Conrad Bain, Red Buttons, Valerie Bertinelli, Jim Backus and Chuck McCann.
5. Mighty Peking Man (1977)
The Shaw Brothers made an effort to cash in on the KING KONG mania of 1976, and boy, did they ever put their own stamp on it with their flick about a giant Himalayan ape creature and a young woman he “raised” who are taken to Hong Kong for display. Seriously, it has to be seen to be believed, and it’s second only to YETI: GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY in terms of batshit giant monster spectacles.
4. Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)
Before Joon-ho Bong rose to international fame with THE HOST and MOTHER, he wrote and directed this darkly comic story about a college lecturer who takes drastic action against a neighborhood dog that won’t stop barking.
3. Eaten Alive (1977)
Tobe Hooper’s bayou-set horror pic about a hotel owner and his enthusiastically carnivorous pet alligator features a great cast (Stuart Whitman, Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Robert Englund, Marilyn Burns, William Finley) even if it’s more “notorious” than “good.”
2. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Don Johnson may have turned into a joke (I blame his singing career), but he’s got quite a few notable flicks to his name, including this amazing post-apocalyptic classic based on a Harlan Ellison story about a man and his telepathic dog who find an underground biosphere. Unique and inventive, and completely unexpected, featuring Jason Robards and directed by L.Q. Jones. Highly recommended.
1. A Talking Cat!?! (2013)
A cat that talks, with THE BIG BRAWL’s Kristine DeBell, Eric Roberts, and “Family Affair”‘s Johnny Whitaker, from David DeCoteau, the director of PUPPET MASTER III and DREAMANIAC. Amazing.
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