Written by Old Bluffer 29th Jul 2007
Pluto seems to be the "middle" son of the mutated Jupiter in terms of genetic fortune. He certainly has more smarts than his lunatic brother Mercury, but lacks the feral cunning of Mars. He also has pronounced mutations which make his striking visage the iconic image for this film (he is played by Michael Berryman, who has a rare condition in real life which makes his face and hands look deformed, so Wes Craven must have been thrilled to find him for the role).
By this stage in the film, Doug Wood, brother-in-law to the Carter family, is desperately trying to rescue his baby from being eaten by Pluto's family. To this end, he sends in The Beast, who has already killed Mercury with ease.
The Beast is a killer alsatian, and he brings down Pluto by snapping his jaws onto the mutant's leg and clamping on with a bone crunching grip. Pluto screams, swears and struggles for his knife, but he'd have died there if Papa Jupe hadn't turned up with a gun. Unlike his owners, The Beast is no fool, so slips away before he gets shot, leaving Pluto with a snapped bone protruding through his leg. This really is just as nasty as it sounds, and Pluto is none too pleased to say the least.
Jupiter continues on, and Pluto is left muttering his hatred for the "devil dog". This is false bravado though, as we see him terrified as he hears something scuffling in the undergrowth... ...which turns out to be nothing more scary than a rabbit. With huge relief, he relaxes, giving The Beast ample opportunity to leap atop him and finish what he started. This time his jaws work the throat area, and one would imagine Pluto's demise was very, very painful indeed.