- The relentless realism prevents you from laughing it off unless you are a sadist.
- Two stray dogs had been captured and sold to a laboratory which experimented on animals. One of these experiments for some reason involved dropping a dog into a pool full of water and timing how long he was able to paddle until he started drowning. That's the first shot of the movie!
- There's a scene where a nice man, going hunting, befriends one of the starving dogs only to accidentally shoot himself in the face. Quite messily.
- The creepy music that plays as the man bleeds to death.
- The film doesn't shy away from gore in the slightest. The most infamous scene above aside, the dogs graphically kill and eat lambs — the nightmarishly detailed carcasses visible after — and eat the corpse of a man sent to kill them after the Tod trips him off a death, with a good closeup of the half-eaten corpse afterwards.
- Plague Dogs was also subject to Misaimed Marketing, with a cheerful cover of cute dogs◊ featuring the tagline "Escape to A Different World... And Share The Adventure Of A Lifetime".
- ("A SPECIAL KIND OF MOVIE MAGIC From The Creators Of Watership Down.")
Nightmare Fuel / The Plague Dogs
The animated film is Grave of the Fireflies with puppies. See it here.