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DOG SOLDIERS   Print  E-mail 
Written by Graham Reed  
Monday, 05 July 2004
Predator. the Thing. Aliens. The Evil Dead. Chuck 'em in a blender and see what comes out!


Dog Soldiers. That's what you get. And it's as good as any of them. An American Werewolf in the Army...with guns and gore a plenty.

The premise is simple - a team of British soldiers is dropped into a remote area of Scotland on a training exercise. Their objective - to escape the supposed enemy lines they are 50 miles behind.

However, more is afoot. A trap has been set, but when they get there, they find the unit set to ambush them has been wiped out, torn apart, limb by limb. Except one. And he's delirious, not making sense, and
screaming out "there's only supposed to be one...there's only supposed to be one."

Before you know it, the football obsessed soldiers are under attack from all sides by an enemy they can hardly recognise, let alone fight. And it ain't human. And from there on in, its an absolute bloody dog-fight to the death, as the werewolves slowly close in on the isolated soldiers holed up in the only house for 50 miles, picking them off one by one...

Made for only 3.5 million, and starring Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting), it belies the small budget with effective and innovative camerawork (werewolf-cam anyone?), pacy editing, and some of the blackest, bleakest, most sarcastic humour ever seen in a horror movie.

The characters are believable and set up as real beings, moaning about missing the football, their wives etc., before one-liners in the middle of firefights bring laughter within seconds of tense setpieces. The face-offs between the soldiers and the werewolves are quite simply the business. Werewolves versus Enfield FNL-80 assault rifles? Oh yesh. You want bloody scary werewolves, things blowing up, military hardware and lycanthropes? You got it. In bunches, with lotsa blood and one-liners to boot.

It wipes the floor with 9 out 10 of the films shown in the cinemas at the moment. When crap like Rush Hour 2 gets made, how can a film as good as this get ignored? It's criminal. And watch out for the next film that director Neil Marshall does coz at this rate, he's the next John Carpenter or Sam Raimi in the making. Hollywood couldn't have, maybe wouldn't have, dared to make a movie this good, this entertaining if they tried: on this budget, you wouldn't even get a trailer for the bloody thing.

It's the movie all you horror buffs have been waiting for ; an almost perfect mixture of black humour, action and horror. And there's a killer Matrix joke thrown in to boot. This is a revelation among horror movies: If it's not a cult classic, it will be. Quite simply, one of the most entertaining movies of the year, and puts all those British sub-gangsta crap to shame. Absolutely bloody unmissable.

Good value on DVD too - 2 commentaries, a making of mini featurette (20 odd  minutes), deleted scenes, trailers and so forth.


didnt rate it...
Written by DeviouS on 2006-01-01 21:06:53
sorry but i thought this movie was whack :zzz

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