Monster Dog

AKA : Leviatan

Tag line : The Fear...The Terror...The Nightmare...They will Never Forget It!!!!

Monster DogRocker Alice Cooper may well be known for his love of horror movies, but it's hard to imagine his first appearance in a horror film was actually this rather lacklustre werewolf Italian/Spanish co production from 1984.

Alice plays a rock star named "Vince Raven", who is returning to his old family home out in the countryside, as he thinks it will be the ideal setting for his latest music video. Accompanying him is his girlfriend Sandra (Victoria Vera) and the film crew from the record company, who seem more interested in getting drunk and stuffing their faces with food than anything else.

On route however, they are confronted by a police roadblock and are warned that there have been a number of attacks by a pack of wild dogs in the area and to mind how they go. They think nothing of this until their van is subsequently stopped by a stereotypical "Crazy Ralph" type character, who stops to warn them "They're all doomed" before staggering off into the night.

Finally arriving at the old house they're surprised to find there's no sign of the old caretaker who's supposed to be looking after the place, then as the group settles in, all sorts of typical creepy stuff starts to happen. Strange noises outside, some of the group go missing, one of them has all sorts of strange nightmares. Then when they finally try to shoot the music video, the production is marred by the discovery of the caretakers corpse, which looks like it was attacked by dogs.

If all that wasn't enough, a group of rednecks with shotguns then turn up (the modern day equivalent of villagers with burning torches) to sort out Vince, as they think he's the werewolf. Leading to a final shootout between Vince and the gang, followed by the surviving members getting attacked by wild dogs and the titular monster dog/werewolf, who finally puts in an appearance at the end.

Directed by infamous Italian director/producer Claudio Fagrasso, the guy who gave us "Troll 2" and worked with Bruno Mattei on "Zombie Creeping Flesh" (so you know what you're in for), the film is rather dull and slow, with not much happening until the last 20 mins or so. If you're a lover of tacky 80s European horror films you may enjoy watching this, but aside from that its only redeeming feature is the fact Alice Cooper is in it, and he provides a couple of relatively obscure tracks for the films soundtrack.

Overall Marks : 3/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Twenty years later, the nightmare begins again and this time, it's Lou's turn to pay".

  • Alice didn't dub his own voice for the film, instead they used veteran voice over artist Ted Russoff.

  • Director Claudio Fagrasso is probably best known for his collaborations with Bruno Mattei on films such as "Zombie Creeping Flesh" and "Rats Night of Terror". He also produced Fulci's "Zombi 3" (Zombie Flesh Eaters 2) and directed "Zombie 4 : After Death" (Zombie Flesh Eaters 3) along with the infamous "Troll 2".

  • Some of the incidental music in the film was re-used from the 1983 German horror film "The Lift".

  • The songs Alice Cooper provided for the film "Identity Crisis" and "See me in the Mirror" were never available commercially on any of his releases and so were fairly obscure for a good many years. However, they were later released on the 4 CD box set "The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper", which came out in 1999, along with many other rare unreleased tracks.

  • Set in the American countryside, the film was actually shot around Torelodones, in Madrid, Spain.

  • The Japanese VHS release contained a slightly longer cut of the film. The scene in the van and the dialogue between Vince and the sheriff were extended. There were also a few extra seconds of gore during the "dog attack" scene and the old man's speech at the end had completely different dialogue.

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