This June, around the release of It Comes At Night, a flurry of tweets forced us to consider whether A24 might have a dog problem.
Starting to think that the folks at @A24 are not... dog people.
— Andrew Root (@AndrewJRoot) June 15, 2017
I hope nobody hates me as much as @A24 hates dogs in their movies.
— Joseph A. Reinhard (@JoeyReinhard13) June 14, 2017
guys...im tired of A24 killing dogs in their films
— jerr (@jerries_) June 14, 2017
Hey @A24 love your movies (esp Green Room) but can ya lay off the dogs! Poor sweet baby angels! Right in the feels...
— Stefanylvania 🏰🌙🦇 (@stefs1c) June 25, 2017
Let us go on record and state that A24 is most certainly a dog-adoring company (even though we’re now forbidden from BRINGING them into the office, hmmm). But we allow our artists the space to depict their emotional exorcisms as they see fit, and sometimes that existential gut punch is evoked by the death of a dog. We didn’t make the rules. Screenplay guru Blake Snyder understood the emotional stakes tethered to humanity’s relationship with pups. Why do you think he titled his book Save The Cat!? Cats get saved. Dogs get sacrificed.
We tried to make sense of our films’ dog deaths. We couldn’t for some. It’s a troubling trend for sure. But, hey, at least we weren’t responsible for A Dog’s Purpose.
SPOILER ALERT: As we’re discussing the fates of various movie doggos, it should go without saying that key plot points will come up. Do not scroll past this point. You’ve been warned.