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Friday, June 8, 2012

Monster Dog (1984)

Yes, this movie boasts Alice Cooper in the lead role.  But even this cannot save the mess that is Monster dog.  Cooper stars in this Spanish release as pop star Vince Raven.  Unfortunately, Cooper thinks this is a "serious" role and plays it straight all the way.  I prefer Cooper when he has a sense of camp about him such as in Suck (2009) which is what I can say about his performance here.  Cooper is not a dramatic actor.  He needs to be either creepy or campy or a combination of both.  Enough said.
The rest of the cast doesn't fare much better.  However, part of the problem is the script they've been given to work with.  At times, Monster Dog feels like two different films and you're not sure which one your getting at any given moment.  Furthermore, the special effects are pretty poor but not so poor that they fall into the "so bad they're good" category.  Even for 80's standards they fall short of the mark.
I just couldn't get into this movie at all.  I suggest you rent Suck and laugh your butt off instead.  It's a very clever spin on the vampire mythology and Alice Cooper is fantastic.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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