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Toss Some Treats at These 10 Heroic Horror Dogs

Sam (Corey Haim) and Nanook.Image: Warner Bros.Good Boy WeekGood Boy WeekThis week, we are looking at the very best boys and girls in the realms of technology, science, and science fiction.Dogs are a constant presence in scary movies, but they usually either meet tragic ends (RIP, Lester in Halloween) or are part of the horror (see: Cujo, The Omen, The Thing, Dracula’s Dog). By contrast, this list collects only good horror canines—who actually make it to the end credits. Hulu’s recent Into the Dark entry, Good Boy, has great fun with the dog-in-horror theme—it’s about a woman (Judy Greer) whose emotional support pup starts mauling her frenemies—but that 10-pound terrier of terror doesn’t quite meet the qualifications we’re going for here, for obvious reasons. Without any further ado—let’s have a round of treats for the following Very Good Boys and Girls!Gizmo and Barney, hangin’ out.Image: Warner Bros.G/O Media may get a commission1) Barney, Gremlins Joe Dante’s 1984 horror-comedy Gremlins is one of our favorite Christmas classics, but we always wondered why Billy’s dad (Hoyt Axton) decided a furry critter would be the best gift for his son (Zach Galligan). Gizmo was adorable, of course—but Billy already had a best buddy in the form of Barney, an affable mutt loved by everyone except maybe Billy’s bosses (since Barney sneaks along to Billy’s bank-teller job) and the movie’s vengeful Wicked Witch of the West stand-in, Mrs. Deagle. Of course, the real villains of the movie are those pesky gremlins; while Barney and Gizmo become fast friends, Stripe and his devious pals dare to string a confused Barney up in Christmas lights as part of their rampage. (Fortunately, Barney, whose reaction shots throughout the movie are priceless, isn’t harmed.) Fun fact: Mushroom, the dog who played Barney, later flexed his canine acting skills in 1988’s Pumpkinhead.Darla, who played Precious, also appeared in films like The Burbs and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.Image: Orion Pictures2) Precious, The Silence of the Lambs“It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again!” That’s the famous quote from serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), but what most people leave out is the bark that punctuates it, since Bill is cradling his Bichon Frisé, Precious, while he delivers it. For someone who has a total disregard for human life, Bill actually seems to be a pretty attentive dog owner (yep, that’s the furball’s little pet bed next to Bill’s sewing table). Later in the movie, Bill’s intended next victim, Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith), lures Precious into her prison pit using a chicken bone, hoping to bargain her wa
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