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Movies in Which the Dog Dies

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?

Seriously, doesn't this make sense?

Since this apparently doesn't bother the public enough to raise a stink about it, and since the MPAA clearly thinks that huffing on a joint or showing a nipple merits a rating consideration where the death of a dog does not, I've decided to compile my own list based on imdb's. This way you can always refer to it before choosing something to watch:


2007: Year of Carnage

30 Days of Night

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Alien³

American Gangster

American Psycho

Big Jake

Calvary

Cool Hand Luke

Dances with Wolves

Eden Lake

Eight Below

Evil Dead

First Blood

Fruitvale Station

Halloween

Hondo

Hostage

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I Am Legend

In a Valley of Violence

Jaws

John Wick

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

Prisoners

Rear Window

Riddick

Shooter

Signs

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


-mn