As we have covered the 90’s featured a huge boom in horror films. Tons of great ones came out during this time and most received theatrical releases. One of these films was called Man’s Best Friend. Its stars Ally Sheedy and Lance Henriksen. It’s an odd blend of horror and science fiction that manages to cram a lot into a short 90min run time. It was a Cujo for the 90’s if you will and was, like a lot of films from this time successful at the box office, and over the years has developed a cult following.
Lance Henriksen is Dr Jaret. He works for a company called EMAX. It’s a research company that is conducting experiments on dogs. Jaret is working on gene splicing with the animal and manages to give a Mastiff named Max human like abilities. Max can understand human language, has almost superhuman strength, heightened senses, and can move faster than most animals. He also gets angry very easily and explodes it fits of rage. Dr Jaret controls this by injecting Max with a form of relaxers. One of the employees of the facility does not agree with animal testing and goes to television news reporter Lori Tanner (Ally Sheedy) to run an expose. Lori breaks into the facility to film the conditions of the animal and ends up taking Max hoe with her.
Max is really good to Lori. He loves her, protect her, heck when someone steals her purse he tracks the guy down, kills him, then returns the purse. See the drugs the Dr was giving him to keep him calm have worn off at this point. So even though Max is loving to Lori he is not exactly good when she is at work. He does little things like eat a cat, rape a collie, kill a mailman, try to kill Loris Boyfriend, all kinds of nasty stuff which does eventually all come to a head.
The film works well. Sheedy, best known for her sting of teen age films does a great job as Lori. I personally am an animal lover so seeing Max being abused in some scenes was very hard for me to take back then and even today as the film has held up really well. The score is fantastic in this film. It’s actually one of the best horror scores of this era and really helps set the tone
Scream Factory has done there usual amazing job with this one. The video and audio transfer are spotless. The film is nicer looking all these years later then it was in the theatre. And as it's Scream Factory there is a nice amount of special features to go along with that transfer
NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Lafia
A good film that holds up well to this day. Good effects, good acting, a great score, and the Scream Factory touch male this a must have.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!