Recently separated from her husband (Skeet Ulrich), Jess (Michelle Monaghan), a nurse and mother, moves with her daughter Tyler and young son Owen back into her old farmhouse.
Shortly after settling in, Owen’s dog escapes into the woods and returns days later, blood-soaked and rabid. When he attacks and bites Owen, the resulting infection from the bite grows more alarming by the day as Owen’s behavior becomes frightening and deadly. As he spirals deeper into the depths of the illness, Jess discovers a disturbing cure, which makes her question how far she is willing to go to keep her child alive.
“Anderson here crafts a thorny horror film that’s unsettling even when Owen isn’t lunging at the necks of babies and old people — because, like [Stephen] King, Anderson and [writer] Honey are as interested in life’s everyday bruises as they are in gaping wounds.” ~Noel Murray, L.A. Times
“It’s not high art or a great film, just a genre tale with a twist. And it’s a tad predictable, by the time that third act rolls around. But Monaghan and the kids sell the premise, and the movie plays.” ~Roger Moore, Movie Nation