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Actors: William Miller, Irene Montalŕ, Paulina Gálvez, Cornell John, Lluis Homar
Director: Brian Yuzna
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2005     1hr 35min

The Rottweiler was bred to kill. Raised with cruel discipline, trained to terrorize chain-gang prisoners with steel incisors implanted into its jaw, the Rottweiler was allowed to taste the fresh kill of attempted escapees...  more »

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Actors: William Miller, Irene Montalŕ, Paulina Gálvez, Cornell John, Lluis Homar
Director: Brian Yuzna
Creators: Brian Yuzna, Albert Martinez Martin, Carlos Fernández, Carola Ash, Julio Fernández, Alberto Vázquez Figueroa, Miguel Tejada-Flores
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/19/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 08/18/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Director Brian Yuzna must have been on some kind of hallucinogen when he signed on for this dog of a movie. ROTTWEILER is filled with so much artistic nonsense and such bad acting it's a wonder it managed to get filmed at all. The mechanized Rottweiler is really little more than a murder weapon and has little to do with the movie's so-called plot. Set in some kind of apocalyptic future, the movie focuses on a prisoner who escapes and is out to find the girl he abandoned. Flashbacks try to fill in the plot's numerous holes, but it's all so confusing and improbable, the movie dies in the first reel. Avoid unless you really like bad horror movies..and I mean bad."
Calling this movie bad is an insult to bad movies.
Biff Fearless | Cape Coral, FL USA | 09/16/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Selecting to view the film, Rottweiler, as it features a half cyborg killer dog in it may reflect poorly on my taste in films. Be that as it may, Rottweiler makes a key mistake in my opinion by focusing on the humans in the film. It is set in the future and the Spanish prisons apparently have cyborg hunter dogs as part of their retrieval teams for escapees. Rather than follow the hapless "Dante" on his often al fresco journey across Spain, featuring incomprehensible flashbacks and odd one dimensional characters, why not more of an examination of the dog? The movie is titled Rottweiler. It might be interesting to know how the dog was created or changed. The runtime says 97 minutes but it feels much longer. Go with "Man's Best Friend" or "Cujo" if you want psycho dogs. A thoroughly disappointing effort."
From the director of SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 4.
Dymon Enlow | 08/21/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This ain't a horror movie; it's a soap opera with a cheesy looking killer dog thrown in.

The primary story about the guy escaping from prison and being chased by a mechanical dog is an alright idea, but unfortunately in the hands of Brian Yunza it ends up more silly than scary. The secondary story - told through endless flashbacks - about how the guy lost his girlfriend (hint: after she gets raped by an old cogger don't say "sounded like you enjoy it.") is not only boring but completely pointless.

I'm usually pretty forgiving/understanding with low budget films especially if there's enthusiastic writing and you get a sense that they really tried, but ROTTWEILER is a dead duck any way you look at it. The DVD cover looked cool though!

Watch MAN'S BEST FRIEND again instead.
Bad dog...*BAM!*
TrezKu13 | Norfolk, VA | 04/24/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

""Rottweiler" is terrible. There's no way getting around it. Directing-wise, it REALLY tries to be artsy. There's gratuitous amounts of slow-motion, Rottweiler-vision, and weird angles. To top it off, the story is not told in your typical narrative. It occasionalyl jumps from one point to another. While I wasn't entirely lost as to what was going on, it was just really bizarre for this type of movie. It worked with "Reservoir Dogs" because it was structured and helped the story. Here it's just ridiculous.

The other problem is the Rottweiler "monster" that is dispatched to kill our hero once he escapes from the prison. Domestic pets becoming monsters has always been a tricky matter, because if done wrong they can turn the film into an unintentional comedy. Look at any horror movie that has tried making domestic cats scary and you'll see what I mean. Dogs are easier, and certainly Rottweilers (along with Doberman Pinchers) are notoriously nasty dogs. However, this Rottweiler was not as convincing. First, it has weird patches of fur taped to it, and has more of a look of "Ooh, is that a bone?" than "Must kill." The puppet for close-ups is terrible - what does it look like? Imagine Triumph the Comic Dog without the cigar and with blue eyes. I am not kidding. Whenever I saw it I expected it to say, "What a great script...FOR ME TO POOP ON!"

Another matter I have to discuss is our hero. He gets a lot of innocent people killed in his stupidity. The Rottweiler follows him, and he knows its following him, and doesn't seem to mind the innocent people murdered as a result. Take, for example, the mother and daughter he runs across. He could have told them about the dog, but instead doesn't, getting their two pet dogs killed and their house under attack. Then when the mother fires a rifle and plugs a round into the Rottweiler through the front door. The hero says, "Give me the gun! Trust me!" He then - get this - sticks it through the bullet hole! Any one who has seen a Bugs Bunny cartoon knows this is a no-no. As you might suspect, the Rottweiler grabs the barrel of the gun, pulls it out, and destroys it. What does this result in? The Rottweiler chases them outside and the mother has to sacrifice herself to save her daughter. The daughter gets to watch as the Rottweiler tears her mother to shreds: tears fall down her cheeks, she cries out her mother's name as blood drips onto her face...and all because the guy said, "Trust me!" when the mother seemed perfectly capable handling the rifle.

Our hero, ladies and gentlemen...

So do not see it. Go to your adoption center and get a real dog. Not a Rottweiler, get a Great Dane. They're as faithful as German Shepherds, but without the separation anxiety."