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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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Cast

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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Scream bloody murder!! See more »

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Drama | Horror

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The nude scenes are performed by a body double. See more »

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

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Cute puppy, lousy film.
10 March 2008 | by RacerX-23See all my reviews

Right off, I have to explain why I've given this film ten stars.

Bad films are something of an art form in themselves. Think Ed Wood, think Brian DePalma (come on... be honest, he s*cks, and you know it.) Play Dead has no pretensions. It knows it's a pile of crap, and it revels in it (in as much as a film can do anything more than just exist, but bear with me, I've got this theory...) Look, the dog, while a bit underbitten and mopish looking, just excludes sweetness. She's a Serious Canine Actress, and a God Dog, and she's trying -- for God's sake. Can't say much for Lily Munster though, except, for a husky old broad, she still looks pretty good.

Come on -- it's a film about a Satan-inspired Rottweiler serial killer, what did you expect? Straw Dogs? Mystic River? Hell Comes to Frog Town? Hand me another Heinekin and I'll shut up, serious.

And come on -- the dog was cute.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan's Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Farmers Branch, Texas, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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