6 Of The Cutest Dogs In Horror!!!

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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 In CUJO


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.

Barney In GREMLINS


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.

Nanook In THE LOST BOYS


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.

Tallahassee’s Imaginary Puppy In ZOMBIELAND


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.

“Anonymous” In THE THING


Why are those *sshole Norwegians shooting at this poor dog?! Oh.

Gordon In FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER


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.

  • djblack1313

    i thought the dog in I AM LEGEND was really cute too. i love Gordon in F13 part 4. i remember for years (if fact the debate STILL probably goes on) people weren’t sure if he jumped from the window to escape Jason or if Jason actually threw him from the window. lol.

    • egaltt23

      I cried like a little girl during that movie. Poor puppy.

  • Dr_Loomis

    I love dogs. With that said, it makes me sad to think that all these dogs (except that ZL puppy) are longer with us.

    • Dr_Loomis

      *no longer with us

      • EvanDickson

        @Dr_Loomis I had that thought too! It is sad!

  • bmp

    I’m glad the dog from “The Gate” is not on this list.

  • MrDisgusting

    I know it’s not horror per se, but Toto in The Wizard of Oz is easily the cutest dog in a movie, EVER.

    • EvanDickson

      @MrDisgusting Hooch is way cuter. I almost included a bonus entry for Hooch since his death qualifies, to me, as “horror.”

  • Riseuplights

    What about Chips from the DOTD remake?

    • EvanDickson

      @Riseuplights I considered him! Perhaps in a future installment!

  • divisionbell

    Nanook. Nice call out.

  • kooluhl1

    Thor from Bad Moon.

    • Sirengx

      I thought I was the only one who knew this movie!

      Best worst werewolf movie ever.

  • Milk

    Cujo is so adorbs. I loved this movie when I was younger. I haven’t seen it in awhile. Hmm..

  • ThunderDragoon

    You put him! :D When I first read the title I instantly thought of the dog from The Final Chapter so I was really happy to see him on here.

  • diapers

    Muffin from F13 Part 2 was very cute, in a kick-the-tiny-dog way.

  • Villgust

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SH… *awwwww*… so cute.

  • sosgemini

    What? No Ebuzz?

  • Laurasaur25

    I personally hate when a dog shows up in a horror movie because they’re almost guaranteed to die. It’d be nice if they were included more often as heroes that live through the movie. Not sure why they always have to die other than to evoke an emotional response from the audience (kind of cheap IMO)

  • Nightflyre9

    Pretty good list, but my top pick would be Tiger from The Boogens (1981). Hilarious!