It’s fairly common knowledge at this point that dogs, for the most part, are way cooler than people. In the words of Ellen Ripley, “you don’t see them f*cking each other over for a godd*mn percentage.” Granted, she was talking about Aliens, but that sentiment captures a few of their biggest qualities – loyalty and priorities.
Dogs also happen to be honest, somewhat intelligent and great companions. They remind us that love, fun and playfulness aren’t societal constructs – they’re universal truths. This all might be a reason why we can stomach human death after human death in films, but we lose our sh*t when a dog is placed in peril.
As awesome as dogs are, there’s not enough of them in horror. So let’s encourage more canine inclusion in the genre and celebrate a few of the ones that rise above the pack with 6 Of The Cutest Dogs In Horror!!!
Cujo might have ended up a rabid beast in the 1983 Lewis Teague film. He may have tortured Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro in that sweltering car. But he wasn’t always like that, just look at that handsome St. Bernard up there. In all honesty, I even think rabid Cujo is pretty adorable.
Poor Barney. Not only does Mrs. Deagle actively try to kill the poor guy, but he’s replaced by Gizmo as the favorite household pet. I bet he was f*cking thrilled when Keye Luke showed up to whisk the little Mogwai away.
I remember thinking Nanook was the sh*t when I was a kid. Not only does he put up with Corey Haim’s fetish for singing in the bathtub, but he also contributes to a significant kill near the end. Sure he bites Jason Patrick, but I think we can all agree that’s reasonable collateral damage.
One of the rare instances in which we’re sad to find that it was a human that bit the bullet instead of a canine. We’re first introduced to this guy in a comical flashback that turns tragic when the sequence is revisited later subbing out Woody Harrelson’s toddler son instead.
When doing my “research” for this piece I discovered that there’s a contingent of the online community that has several theories as to whether Gordon lived or was killed by Jason offscreen. Some of these people even hypothesize that Gordon’s leap from the window was a suicide attempt. In my mind, Gordon always lived. Even if I find out that the filmmakers once wrote/planned his demise – I don’t care. He’s alive, and that’s one of the reasons I love him. As Devin Faraci pointed out before me, Gordon might be the single most intelligent character in the movie. He got out of Dodge while the getting was good.