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Dog Soldiers (2002)

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Plot Summary:
"A squad of british soldiers on training in the lonesome Scottish wilderness find a wounded Special Forces captain and the carnaged remains of his team. As they encounter ranger Megan it turns out that werewolves are active in the region. They have to prepare for some action as the there will be a full moon tonight."


Reviewer: Tariq Rafiq @horrorasylum
Location:South Bucks, UK
Review Date: 16 August 2004 My Rating: out of 5

 

A British version of 'Rio Bravo' or 'Night of The Living Dead'. During a training mission in a backwoods of Scotland, a team of soldiers get trapped in a cabin and encounter creatures with superhuman strength and a craving for human flesh.

A good British werewolf movie, that shows you how to scare people and make an enjoyable, fun film at the same time.

This is a great movie genre that has not been exploited in recent years. Being trapped and fighting an enemy until daylight is rarely used these days. A couple of John Wayne's films are the best examples of this genre, 'Rio Bravo' and 'El Dorado'. These are basically the same film, but the drunk is played by Dean Martin in the first film, and Robert Mitchum (the patron saint of drunks) in the second.

Please note - This is not a typical horror movie, This is NOT 'Jeepers Creepers' - the story is not juvenile, you do not lose interest in the first 20 minutes and you aren't praying to a higher being with supernatural, god-like powers (i.e. Superman) to kill the main characters in an unnecessarily brutal and painful way.

A great companion film to last years excellent and under-rated 'Ginger Snaps', another modern werewolf movie, from Canada. Monster movies do not have to be cringeworthy or painfully embarrassing, as Hollywood would have us believe.

OVERALL SUMMARY
This is good, clean fun, with the humour not detracting from the atmosphere or predicament the characters are in.



Reviewer: Ryan McDonald @horrorasylum
Location:Sydney, Australia
Review Date: 10 September 2003 My Rating: out of 5

Training British Special Op Soldiers in Scottish woodlands area run afoul of intelligent and powerful pack of werewolves that proceed the whinging, soccer-loving twits off one by one.

Hooray for on-screen gore! Oh how I missed you so! OK, so this grainy, low-budget flick isn't exactly the Second Coming, but you take what you can get these days, and I'd gladly take this over 'Jason X' or 'Jeepers Creepers' anyday.

For a man who, rather incredibly, has his insides hanging out for most of the film, Sean Pertwee acquits himself rather well in the hardass 'Sarge' role Al Matthews ('I Loooovvee The Core!') had in 'Aliens', whilst newcomer Kevin McKidd (speaking in a thick Scottish brogue that is just plain cool- why they didn't get Billy Connolly in there in a supporting role is beyond me, that'd be the icing on the cake) is quite good as our hero, a less violent and more humane character than anyone else. The rest are just waiting to be mauled I'm afraid, including a conveniently placed female zoologist, but that's OK, aside from the grainy handheld look of the film, what we've got here is one of the standout horror films of the last few years.

Good FX work for a low-budget film, and an appropriately cold, dark and rainy atmosphere help enormously. A bit of humour might've helped, with the sole funny bit coming from a drunk and dazed Pertwee (who has never impressed me this much before as an actor) remarking about his guts: 'Sausages!' (You had to be there, I guess).

OVERALL SUMMARY
Not 'The Howling', but it's a bit more violent than most modern horror films, something a lot of people will no doubt see importance in. More character depth might've elevated it to something more than minor cult status.



Reviewer: Jonathan Burbridge @horrorasylum
Location:USA
Review Date: 08 February 2003 My Rating: out of 5

What can be said about an action/horror movie that not only pays homage to, but directly references such greats as Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, Evil Dead and even Predator? What about a movie that cleverly quotes both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the Matrix and do it without drawing too much attention to itself? Just this: Worth paying full price to watch, and even possibly own.

This movie gave me what I have been missing in horror movies, gore. Tons of gratuitous entrails, various unidentifiable innards, and good old fashioned splatter. It also left out (for the most part) what horror movies of late have spooned out far too readily, cliche tongue in cheek humor. The only humor in this movie seems to spawn from the characters’ own need to relieve their (and our) tension.

The performances are much better than your average low-budget horror films with Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting’s Tommy) turning in a much better than expected effort. The main flaw seems to be that sometimes the plot is a little loose, and at other times it’s cause for some serious head scratching. Additionally, the werewolves themselves look a bit cheesy, but luckily they’re hidden in shadows and mostly only seen in brief glimpses. Some people, mostly uncultured Americans, may find the accents hard to understand, losing key plot elements, but anyone who can sit through movies like Snatch or Trainspotting and still follow along won’t have any trouble.

In conclusions, this movie isn’t going to win any awards, but if you want to see a good, old fashioned werewolf movie and have a sour taste in your mouth from Gingersnaps or the God awful American Werewolf in Paris, this is your movie.

OVERALL SUMMARY
A small military squad participating in war games runs afoul of some pesky werewolves in the Scottish Highlands.




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