When I heard Bullet Head described as a mix of Reservoir Dogs and Cujo, I approached it with no small amount of trepidation. Like many horror fans, even those who don’t bat an eyelash when humans are subjective to violence, seeing animals being killed is a harrowing, a sight I usually seek to avoid—even though I’m well aware that these are works of fiction.
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But Bullet Head is not what I expected it to be. As opposed to a film animal lovers must endure, it turned out to be a poignant exploration of the relationships between people and pets, specifically dogs. In fact, it’s revealed that writer/director Paul Solet dedicates the film to his pet dog, who he credits with teaching him many valuable life lessons.
The end credits conclude with the sound of a panting dog as heard during scenes of the story and the statement, “A portion of the proceeds of this movie will go toward eliminating dog fighting, rehabilitating its canine victims, and promoting awareness and education about the humane treatment of man’s best friend.”
To be clear, Bullet Head is not an easy film watch, even though it doesn’t show any actual violence committed against animals. It’s sad, especially for those of us who have or have had dogs; consider it a horror version of Old Yeller for an idea of the sorrow you might experience. Still, I’d say it’s nothing short of a must-watch.
Give the trailer and synopsis a spin below.
Official Synopsis: Three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in and an even worse threat waiting inside.
Bullet Head stars Rory Culkin, Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, and John Malkovich.
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