(Originally blogged 11/17/18)

I tried watching a few films on Netflix tonight, and in every single one I was presented with the unwanted and unwelcome spectacle of dog death. To be blunt, I've seen enough dog death for several lifetimes and I really don't need any more. It's a bit like dentistry without novocaine at this point in my life, and I know that others feel the same way.

This pisses me off: If we can have ratings and warnings which correlate to sex, drug use, nudity, violence, language, and so on, why can't we have one for dog death? Everyone I know would agree that a dog death is more traumatic than sex, drug use, nudity, violence, or language. Shouldn't there be a special rating for this? Does a dog dying, usually horrifically, have to be a surprise?

Movies in Which the Dog Dies

Film List revised: March 10 2019

2007: Year of Carnage

30 Days of Night 

A Nightmare on Elm Street 


American Gangster 

American Psycho 

Big Jake 

Bullet Head


Cool Hand Luke 

Dances with Wolves 

Eden Lake 

Eight Below 

Evil Dead


First Blood 

Fruitvale Station 




Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

I Am Legend 

In a Valley of Violence 


John Wick 

Love Thy Neighbor

Mad Max 

Marley & Me (2008)

National Lampoon's Vacation 

No Country for Old Men 

Of Mice and Men 

Olympus Has Fallen 

Open Range 

Pale Rider 

Payback: Straight Up



Rear Window 




Snakes on a Plane 

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 

Superman Returns 

The Hills Have Eyes 

The Last Man on Earth 

The Lobster 

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 

The Maus

The Road Warrior 

The Thing 

The Thing from Another World 

To Kill a Mockingbird 

White Fang