|MONGREL (director/writer: Robert A. Burns; cinematographer: Richard Kooris; editor: Ivan Bigley; music: Ed Guinn; cast: Aldo Ray (Bouchard), Terry Evans (Jerry), Andy Tienann (Ken Richards), Catherine Molloy (Sharon), Mitch Pileggi (Woody), Janis Dickerson (Cop #2), Dennis Hill (Cop #1), John Dodson (Toad), Jonathan M. Ingraffia (Ike), Daniel Medina (Leon Moyer), Rachel Winfree (Turquoise), St. Blaze (Sergeant Samuelson) ; Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: John Jenkins/Lin Sutherland; Paragon; 1982)|
|"It was released as a
by Dennis Schwartz
boardinghouse killer-dog horror pic is inadequately
directed and written by successful art director Robert
A. Burns. It's the only film he ever directed,
as his talent is clearly not as a film director. It
was released as a direct-to-video feature.
the friend of Ken Richards (Andy Tienann)
gives up his Austin, Texas room in a dumpy
boardinghouse, Ken rents it. He subsequently meets the
house's six eccentric lodgers, and has eyes for fellow
tenant Sharon (Catherine Molloy).
The bespectacled, tall, nerdy tenant Ike (Jonathan M.
Ingraffia) has a fit, as he
mistakenly thinks Sharon's his gal. To upset Ken, Ike
and the obnoxious building
supervisor Woody (Mitch Pileggi),
a hater of Ken for not being a low-life like him,
prank Ken by childishly putting Ike’s dead dog in
Ken’s bed. They also rig the
light-switch to give him a shock when he turns it on.
The prank backfires and Ken is seriously electrocuted.
Ken's neighbor Jerry (Terry Evans), a nervous
withdrawn tenant, starts experiencing nightmarish
dreams after the only tenant who befriended him dies.
Jerry dreams that he's a killer-dog killing off his
tenants. The dreams are so real he reports to the
police that there's a vicious supernatural dog prowling
the house. When the other tenants start
getting slaughtered one at a time and they are the
same vics from Jerry's dream, we go from a lame teen
comedy to a lame horror pic.
Ray has a cameo playing the landlord.
REVIEWED ON 4/14/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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