^^ It was my impression that he turned into the dog and when the amulet was destroyed he was stuck that way. A pretty cool ending.
Oh yeah it's a great idea, but even on a tv budget they should have been able to do better than that, he looks like a dog and you can see pale skin beneath the mast/his shirt collar, at least use makeup to darken those bits! and like Warped said, keep the monster out of sight/in the shadows.
Well, yeah, but that didn't bother me; especially at 13.