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Play Dead (1983)

R | | Drama, Horror | January 1986 (USA)
A rich, elderly woman casts black magic spells on her vicious Rottweiler dog to murder her relatives.

Director:

Peter Wittman

Writer:

Lothrop W. Jordan (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Hester
Stephanie Dunnam ... Audrey
David Cullinane David Cullinane ... Jeff
Glenn Kezer Glenn Kezer ... Otis
Ron Jackson ... Richard
David Ellzey David Ellzey ... Stephen
Jo Livingston Jo Livingston ... Pathologlst
Carolyn Greenwood Carolyn Greenwood ... Monique
Jeff McVey Jeff McVey ... Eric
Robert Hibbard Robert Hibbard ... Policeman
Desmond Dhooge Desmond Dhooge ... Dog Trainer
John Caroll Perry John Caroll Perry ... Sam
Alex Bond Winslow Alex Bond Winslow ... Clarisse
Harry Gibbs Harry Gibbs ... Funeral Attendant
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Glamorous Yvonne De Carlo stars as Hester, a woman of wealth, and a woman of scorn...and the timid, be forewarned. With a maniacal hatred of her heirs, Hester has a thirst for revenge! Electrocution, strangulation, poisoning, and a crushed skull are just a few of her bloody tricks. Her beautiful niece is going nuts...and she's next on the list! Written by Chance Fell

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Play Dead... It may be the last thing you ever do. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Shot in 1981, not released until 1986. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Not quite what you would expect from a killer dog movie
27 February 2020 | by ronnievanrijswijkSee all my reviews

Play Dead aka Killer Dog is a pretty mild horror film about an mean spirited elderly woman (Yvonne De Carlo), who uses her rothweiler Greta (one of the nicest dogs you have ever seen) to get rid of a few people who are in her way. And not in the kind of way you would expect from a dog which is supposed to be ferocious, De Carlo uses cuty pie Greta and her black magic to kill her victims off in quite creative ways, how to discribe this movie... Greta the killer dog convinces the audience to be one of the most lovable dogs ever, and the added growling effects are quite laughable. They tried to add some intensity to use slow motion each time Greta comes in action, which failed in my opinion. The death scenes them selves are a bit foreboding, you know what's about to happen before the deaths itself. A bit of gore would've been nice (since there isn't any), to make a long story short. I would only reccommand this "killer"dog flick if you're into unknown works of obscurity.


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January 1986 (USA) See more »

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Satan's Dog See more »

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Farmers Branch, Texas, USA See more »

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