If you’ve got your heart set on a movie, but don’t feel like fighting back tears when the featured canine falls sick, gets injured, dies of old age, dies at a young age, or is otherwise removed from the story, there’s an easy way to save yourself the heartache.
DoestheDogDie.com has been helping people pre-screen films, television, and books for any disturbing dog-related scenes or storylines. The site works with a database of more than 4,150 movies and nearly 840 TV shows, 469 video games, 360 books, and media in several other categories, indicating in each when and where a dog might be abused or killed.
The site gives the 1961 animated film “101 Dalmatians” three warnings for strobe effects, car crashes, and animal abuse. Anyone looking to avoid seeing that irascible Cruella de Vil attempt to make a Dalmatian coat might do better with a film like 127 hours, which has zero scenes involving animal abuse, just the classic tale of “boy goes hiking, boy meets rock, rock meets arm, boy cuts arm off and leaves it with rock.” Or, if you’re not interested in the great outdoors, a film like “27 Dresses” might suit you better. DoestheDogDie.com only credits that film with spilling the beans on Santa.
DoestheDogDie.com’s list of potentially movie-souring red flags include (but are not limited to:
- shaky cam
- blood or gore
- eye mutilation
- kids dying
- parents dying
- farting or spitting
- mental institutions
- animal abuse
- teeth damage
- heads getting squashed
- unhappy endings
The website allows users to report scenes that might trigger audiences, with descriptions of the scene, so others can judge for themselves what is or isn’t appropriate.
Under the listing for “Arachnophobia,” 14 users voted “yes” to the question of whether or not the film shows spiders. As user mrtterevel comments, “The whole movie is about a small town being terrorized by an army of deadly spiders.”
User JakK confirms, “It’s in the title. Do not watch.”
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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