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Hills Have Eyes, The, Pluto (Michael Berryman)

Site Rating: 65%
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Writeup Rating: 70%
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Film: Hills Have Eyes, The (1977)
Deceased Character: Pluto (Michael Berryman)
Archetype: Baddy (Minor)
Killed by: The Beast (Striker)



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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.



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Other Death Reviews for Hills Have Eyes, The (1977)

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Mercury (Peter Locke)
Pluto (Michael Berryman)
Jupiter (James Whitworth)
Mars (Lance Gordon)

Last Updated: 30th May 2008
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This review has 6 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Devoured and Asphyxiation*, I'd suggest.

* I tend to add this one whenever someone gets attacked in the throat, so...
Comment 2 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
Nah, The Beast isn't eating him (he'd much rather have the cute bunny from the same scene).

I felt "asphyxiation" was a bit redundant as the alsation is just taking chunks out of his neck and throat so he might not even have time to choke to death. You could argue exsanguination for similar reasons, but we can't really tell so I think "animal" covers it.
Comment 3 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Didn't Pluto and a whole bunch of others come back for the sequel? Though there are apparently a bunch of flashbacks in that one.
Comment 4 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
I don't have the sequel, but I read somewhere that Wes Craven freely admits he only made it because he was desperate for some cash. It's apparently awful.
Comment 5 by 'Mikey P' (reply to this comment)
[quote old bluffer]I don't have the sequel, but I read somewhere that Wes Craven freely admits he only made it because he was desperate for some cash. It's apparently awful.[/quote]It's worse than awful - most of it is in flashback; even the bloody dog has one!
Comment 6 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
[quote Mikey P]It's worse than awful - most of it is in flashback; even the bloody dog has one![/quote]So can dogs not have flashbacks?