There are plenty of movies where pets are evil forces and/or movies that show pets get hurt or die at the hands of the evil creature or villain, but I didn’t want to focus on that. Instead, inspired by Eat My Brain!’s list of Top Ten Dogs in Horror Films, I wanted to spotlight the scary movies and tv shows where pets are the good guys who win against the bad guys. Here are four more to add to the list (to avoid redundancy, I won’t include any of the dogs mentioned on Eat My Brains! list).
Rip, Twilight Zone, “The Hunt”: Rip is the trusty coon-hunting companion of Hyder Simpson. In fact, they were out hunting when they tangled up in an incident with a dastardly raccoon, which led to their death by drowning. Eventually, Hyder and Rip, find themselves at the gates of heaven, but the keeper at the gates, who Rip doesn’t seem to like, says dogs aren’t allowed in paradise. Hyder decides that heaven isn’t for him if they won’t even let Rip in too, and the two continue ambling along the road. Moments later, they meet an angel who was sent out to find them and escort them into the real heaven.
General, “Cat’s Eye”: This Stephen King’s thriller features a stray cat who has a psychic connection with a little girl (young Drew Barrymore). Although the cat is blamed for killing the family’s parakeet and for possibly trying to “steal” the breath of the young sleeping child, this feline is actually protecting the girl from a creepy little troll who lives inside the wall of her room and is trying to kill the girl. It’s not until the end of the movie that the cat gets its due respect, and a fish dinner as a reward.
Socrates, “Willard” (2003): The sole friend of weird, socially-inept Willard (Crispin Glover) is a white rat named Socrates. Originally Socrates was caught in a sticky paper trap that Willard set in the basement after his mother complained of a rodent infestation, but man and rat form a bond which leads to a strange partnership. Socrates and his gang of rats become the henchmen for Willard’s psychotic revenge fantasies, until another (bigger) rat named Ben becomes involved. Socrates doesn’t see a happy ending for himself, but he remains a loyal friend until the end.
Beast, “The Hills Have Eyes”: Beauty and Beast are the Alsatian dogs of the Carter family. When things turn to shit and the family is attacked by a clan of cannibalistic, mutated savages, Beauty is the first to go. But luckily Beast is still around and ready avenge the death of his lady companion and protect his human family. Mutants beware — Beast is one smart and deadly doggy.
Can you think of any other heroic pets in horror movies/shows?