Even though he was a vicious (though unwitting) tool of a violently oppressive system, I was rooting for the dog.
Not as dire as the insipid, tin-eared How Do You Do Fellow Kids cynicism of part 4 but still pretty meagerly inspired. Having the characters merely mention junk science like "elevated horror" and "requels" doesn't make this productively metatextual, and that's setting aside the fact that the meta stuff has so basically dominated horror for the better part of the last 25 years that it's become yet another exhausted trope. Doesn't do one single surprising thing. Plus I called the mystery in the first 15 minutes.