Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Pack (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - If There Be Doggies

Animal Horror is one of the few Horror subgenres that actually scares me. It scares me, and I actually enjoy being scared by it. Not a whole lot actually gets me scared in Horror. I enjoy a good jump scare as much as the next coed. I do not like thinking I have an intruder in my house or my kids dying (those are the things that actually scare me in movies). You put a spider in a movie, and I'll get scared and laugh at myself and have a great time. I friggin' love Kingdom of the Spiders but the whole thing makes me a fear-filled asshole. The same goes for other animals, dogs being one of the best villains in all of animal Horror-dom. I love Dogs. I love The Pack (the 1977 Robert Clouse picture, Cujo (but always feel way too bad for the kid to enjoy the movie). Now we have a new doggie Horror movie also called The Pack. It's out on Blu-ray from IFC Midnight and Scream Factory. Does it continue the legacy of animal Horror on a positive note?

The Pack is good, not great, and it's way more like Cujo than Dogs or any other 70's title that new how to have a good time with the audience. This is a serious Horror picture for folks that could be scared of dogs. This is not the goddamn Doberman Gang with cutesy doggies robbing banks or holding a family at bay. It's mean. It's somewhat brutal though I would say it actually stops short of the Cujo line. Will it get to you? Actually it might. This is a movie that could genuinely scare you if you are afraid of dogs and has enough pops to get you jumping. It's also important to note that the dogs are wild dogs. It's not as if they family dog is the lone animal that holds a family at bay. That takes some of the pressure off in a way. You're not waiting for man's best friend to rise from his doggie bed to make the midnight kill.

This is a pretty strong IFC Midnight title, and it's a great reason that the partnership between Scream Factory and IFC works so well.

Available to order from Scream Factory.

From Scream Factory:

Man's best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family's farmhouse. In a remote stretch of the Australian Outback, a sheep rancher (Jack Campbell), his veterinarian wife (Anna Lise Phillips), and their two teenage children live in bucolic isolation — until a horrifying night when a pack of fang-baring, four-legged, rabid beasts besiege their home. With no one around to help them, the family must band together to survive — or else become canine kibble. Generating a steadily mounting sense of dread, The Pack cleverly toys with genre conventions before it goes in for the kill.

Bonus Features

The Making Of The Pack Featurette
Theatrical Trailer

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