"Did a cute pet on a movie poster make you think it would be a fun comedy but it turned out to be a pet-with-a-terminal-illness tearjerker instead? Are you unable to enjoy the human body count in a horror movie because you're wondering whether the dog's going to kick the bucket?"
Does the Dog Die? provides a long-denied service: it tells you ahead of time if a pet is injured or killed over the course of a movie beforehand. By means of an elegantly simple pictogram rating system, its index relates whether a) no pets die during the narrative, b) a pet is hurt or appears dead but ultimately lives, or c) no pets die.
Nor is the index limited to cute pet movies. The list wanders far afield to include "C.H.U.D.", "24 Hour Party People", "Eight Legged Freaks", "Zero Dark Thirty", and "Alien 3" (not to spoil anything, but be careful of that one).
An essential tool for those who need to know what they're getting into.