Review: ‘The Pack’

The Pack is a well-made and discreetly violent story of a pack of wild dogs menacing residents of a remote island.

The Pack is a well-made and discreetly violent story of a pack of wild dogs menacing residents of a remote island.

The production, with Robert Clouse scripting Dave Fisher’s novel and also directing, stars Joe Don Baker as a marine biologist who leads the humans’ defense.

Strong story peg is habit of summer vacationers to abandon pets, but in this case, the stranded mutts band together in ferocious attack on people.

Clouse’s attention to lighting and shadow adds an extra eerie feel to the proceedings. Fast cutaways from dog attacks create an unseen horror that makes for more fear than explicit footage otherwise might have achieved.

Given the simplistic script demands, Baker is very good. Hope Alexander-Willis, in film debut, comes across okay.

The Pack

Production

Warner. Director Robert Clouse; Producer Fred Weintraub, Paul Heller; Screenplay Robert Clouse; Camera Ralph Woolsey; Editor Peter E. Berger; Music Lee Holdridge

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Joe Don Baker Hope Alexander-Willis Richard B. Shull R.G. Armstrong Ned Wertimer Bibi Besch
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