Oh my...and it started so promising...50.000 people die every year by
wild dog attacks (I know - crazy number, isn't it?!), so I thought,
"yeah, a movie about that might be interesting !".
And I indeed am a fan of animal horror, and I can understand, that it's
not easy to make a movie about this. The animals need to be trained
well, and a lot of Special FX is necessary.
This having in mind, I could not enjoy "The Pack" - at all.
What did bother me most, were two things: the characters would just
have needed to call the cops and wait things out behind a locked door.
Pretty easy so far. And IF, I say IF, they wanted to go out - never
heard of fire? Build a torch, scare the dogs away, go your way in
freedom and safety.
When I watched "The Pack", I seriously was happy, that this family was
not part of the app. 10.000 people, that once carried out the DNA
legacy of Homo Sapiens, because we would have died out as species.
Also, of course no mobile or even radio / Walkietalkie will work on the
farm? Wow, Dudes, this is not "Amityville". When the landlines, radios
and mobiles did work in the afternoon, they will work after dark as
I know, I know - people do dumb stuff in horror movies, and getting no
signal is part of the basics, and sometimes it just has to be that way
to tell the story, I get this and usually am okay with it.
But in "The Pack" these points are too important for me personally to
not dislike the movie completely ignoring it. Come on, they could have
made a "twist" that the dogs origin from house dogs and thus are not
afraid of fire or whatever...the way it was solved here is just lazy
"Hey, couldn't the family like, use some torches or so to scare the
pack away?" "I don't believe in fire...only in the great C'tulhu!"
"Uhm, I don't think this will be a proper explanation for..." The Great
Also, why should the dogs stop attacking in Daylight, when they think
they cornered their prey? It's not werewolves, only dogs...
Also, the characters stay superficial and pale, I was not at all
interested in them or if they survive the night. The acting was
average, but the problem was the character design, not the actors. As
viewer you stay completely uninterested, and nothing is done to wake
your interest. Also, with a family of 4, you can imagine who will
The father is downright stupid, by the way. The bank tells him he will
lose everything. Next sentence from him to his wive is, they will never
lose the farm? Come one - the bank accountant literally told you the
exact opposite just minutes ago, and she sat next to you. What's wrong
with you, bro?
Also, they are like, cattle owners, and in the beginning of the movie
totally nobody was surprised to find dead sheep, obviously torn in
pieces by wolves or bears or whatever. So, no one ever expects wolves
or bears, despite no one is surprised to find their victims? So, they
know the animals are there, but they don't care and protect themselves
in any way? Everyone just wanders out in the dark wilderness without
being properly armed? Because don't mind that bear, if it comes, they
will...what? Hug it out?
Sorry, but I can't give this more than 2 of 10 points, for me it was a
huge disappointment. I give one point for the dog training and one
point for the nice low key lighting. Oh, I liked the song in the end
credits...at least something, eh?
Can't recommend. Watch "Backcountry" for good animal horror and leave
this one in the cheap DVD box.