I would say that The Pack is up there together with Grizzly, Day of the Animals and The Prophecy (and Night of the Lepus, but for different reasons) as the best ever made in the genre. A bold statement, but that comes from a man that have seem them all and knows what to expect of a killer animal-movie. The direction from Clouse is intensive, and seldom have I seen so realistic and gruesome dog-attacks as here. Not especially graphic, but the dogs looks fucking pissed and the attacks are cleverly edited to look even more violent and ferocious! The Pack was made under the supervision of The American Humane Association and the dogs trained by one of the best in the biz, Karl Lewis Miller, but I can guarantee that you never seen anything like this. Even I felt uncomfortable watching those beasts with drooling jaws jump at the actors and stuntmen, looking like they are going to rip every throat in sight!
Joe Don Baker, lets take a minute or two discussing this man. I always felt, especially after watching this movie, that I've been a bit unfair to him. More than once I've been joking that it was only in the seventies a man like him could have been a movie star, a sex-symbol. But I've always seen him as the fatty he became later (still a brilliant actor of course, I love him!) but he really looked good in the seventies and even in The Pack his sex appeal shines through. More respect to Baker! The rest of the cast (and the character they're playing) are good and likable, and it feels like real people. Even the mumbling, silly blonde secretary/cook (Sherry Miles) has a lot of character and the scenes between her and Paul Willson is excellent. Willson was the Philip Seymour Hoffman of his generation, both playing similar character and sharing a look only a mother could love, but sadly Willson never became the big star he deserved to be.
The Pack finally out from Warner Archive and it's a fantastic movie, probably THE best movie Clouse directed. For you who are interested, in 2006 The Breed was released. It's a very similar movie but with a 100 % young and attractive cast. It's actually quite good, but never reaches the quality of The Pack.