Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dog Soldiers

Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin Mckidd, and Emma Cleasby

Written and directed by Neil Marshall

Release Date: November 5th, 2002

A group of soldiers are attacked during a routine training mission in the Scottish Highlands. Soon, it becomes a fight to survive the night against an enemy that is beyond belief...

If you were to mix Predator, Night of the Living Dead, and The Wolf Man  into a blender, you'd come up with Dog Soldiers. Writer/Director Neil Marshall pits a group of soldiers against werewolves...that's right werewolves, in this British horror action movie. While the film doesn't give enough character development to every soldier, we do get a sense of comraderie between many of the soldiers and a burgeoning friendship between Cooper (McKidd) and Megan (Cleasby). In addition, Marshall does a fantastic job of making the mood tense and foreboding when the soldiers are hiding from the werewolves. For example, there's a fantastic scene where Cooper scouts the house initially and you get a sense that something isn't right, that it's too quiet and empty for a house to have no one there. Also, the were wolf effects are quite good: the creatures are used by prosthetics and stunt men rather than shoddy CGI which is sadly becoming the norm with horror movies these days.

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Rating: * * * * of 5

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