Everybody fondly remembers the '90s kids movie Beethoven, a Thanksgiving classic (for some reason) about a cantankerous St. Bernard who wins over the hearts of the Newton family – even the ornery patriarch. What people don't seem to remember, however, is the surprisingly dark aspects of this dog-centric children's movie.
Most noteworthy is the villain. It's easy to forget that Beethoven had a villain because: a) Why does a children's movie about a dog need a villain? And b) the bad guy's scheme was so heinous that those memories are probably deeply repressed in the minds of '90s children.
Read on to discover exactly what is so disturbing about the film's villain and why the Beethoven movie is super messed up in general.
The Villain Is A Fake Vet/Real... Weapons Scientist?
Dr. Varnick Shoots Dogs In The Head At Point-Blank Range
Dean Jones Refused To Break Character Between Scenes
The Murderous Dr. Varnick Previously Played An Animal Lover