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The 10 Greatest Good Doggies in Horror Movies


WARNING: Possible spoilers throughout article!

Horror movies and doggies are two of my favorite things in the entire world. Unfortunately, I get severe anxiety every time a dog dies in a movie, this coming from someone who doesn't bat an eye when say, John Morghen (nee Giovanni Radice) gets his dick chopped off and then munched on in Umberto Lenzi's Cannibal Ferox (AKA Make Them Die Slowly) or other forms of extreme splatter committed on humans. But, make it an animal (don't even get me started on real violence against animals...), especially a dog, and I look away. Which is why I always visit Does the Dog Die whenever I see a pupper in a horror flick. It's the kind of spoiler yours truly doesn't mind seeing.

I recently did just that while watching the awesome Predator prequel Prey (the best entry in the franchise, outside of the first two), after seeing the adorable Sarii. This got me to thinking: who are horror's best good doggies? An, this list idea was thus born.

I put certain requirements for the doggy to be able to make it on this list: 

1. The dog must belong to the protagonist or a good character.
2. He or she must be good, obviously.
3. And, the doggy must survive the movie, so as to not bum out viewers.

Anywho, let's get this furry and fun list started!

10. Barney from Gremlins- Let's kick off the list with a doggy cute enough to hold his own against freaking Gizmo, himself, Barney! Originally, he was suppose to die in the movie, thank God they opted out of that decision with the worst thing happening to him, being tangled up with Christmas lights.

9. E. Buzz from 
Poltergeist- Like the Joe Dante directed movie above, this Tobe Hooper classic is also produced by Steven Spielberg. Cute doggies who survive horror movies is the kind of Spielberg touch, I honestly appreciate (and, I don't always appreciate a lot of his touch...)

8. Pippin from The Meg- The Meg isn't a good movie, in fact, it is, by far, the worst fucking movie here. A huge and wimpy disappointment, it is actually worse the more you think about it. However, one of the few good things in it, is the adorable and tiny Pippin. This super cute Yorkie ends up falling in the water and swimming back to its owners escaping the hungry, giant shark of the title.

7. Sugar from Crawl- This cutie also survives big killer animals, in this case gators. Crawl from Alexandre (High TensionPiranha 3D) Aja is intense and kick ass and made even more enjoyable by the fact that this little furball makes all the way to the end. 
6. Pete from The Monster Squad- Pete isn't just adorable. He hangs out with the Monster Squad in their horror fandom treehouse. And, most importantly, he actually helps out in taking out the Mummy! 

5. Harry from The Amityville HorrorHarry is very obviously aware before the rest of the Lutz family, that weird and bad shit is going on in their new house. In the end, George comes back to the house to save the doggy. Though, it actually ends up being Harry who pulls George out of the black slime-pit. Minus, points for the remake which actually has the doggy die bloodily. Who the fuck thought that was a good plot choice?!

4. Nanook from The Lost Boys- Aside from being a beautiful boy, he's also a legit hero that helps in taking down one of the pretty boy vampires in this fan favorite flick. 

3. Sarii from Prey- The most modern addition on this list is one of the best doggies in a horror movies in years. There is a bit of a rough scene where he gets caught in a trap, but he's OK after his mommy and badass final girl Naru (Amber Midhunter) frees and helps him. He's a good and brave boy who has no fear in helping her battle the Predator, in the movie's killer climax.

2. Beast from The Hills Have Eyes-
Honestly, the top two were a hard choice, and I kept going back and forth. But, ultimately the German Shepard from Wes Craven's masterful and brutal classic (and, by extension it's entertaining but inferior remake from Alexander Aja) gets the runner up. He gets revenge for his doggy companion Beauty getting killed, in an admit ably uncomfortable scene and aftermath, and for his family. His battle with Pluto (Michael Berryman) is one of the movie's true highlights, which is saying a lot considering how great this movie is. 

1. Thor from Bad Moon- Thor is a beautiful German Shepard, who is loyal to his family and brave. He also knows what's up from the get-go and battles the movie's evil werewolf. For all intents and purposes he is the movie's final dog. It's one of the endearing aspects of Bad Moon that has made it one of my persona favorite movies. He is the flick's true hero and the definitive greatest good doggy in a horror movie!

This article is dedicated to my two furbabies, Topacio (or Topi for short) and Zoey, who crossed the rainbow bridge in 2016 and 2021, respectively. They were amazing little girls, my everything, and both saved me in ways they will never know. I miss them and love them so much. They are always in my heart and thoughts. 

Topacio (Topi)