Dog Soldiers




             We are now up against live, hostile targets. So, if Little Red Riding Hood

            should show up with a bazooka and a bad attitude, I expect you to chin

                       the bitch.'


Set in the wilds of Scotland, Dog Soldiers sees a team of British soldiers on a training mission stumble across special ops Captain Ryan and his decimated team. Unsure of who, or what, killed Ryan’s team, the soldiers are warned that whatever it was will be back for seconds. A local girl, Megan, picks up the team after a twilight attack and takes them to an old house in the forest. Which just happens to be the lair of some very unhappy werewolves.

Dog Soldiers is the best werewolf movie since a certain American traveled to England and got bitten by something nasty. Although it had a small budget, all of the actors, locations, sets and effects work so well you would be hard pressed not to think it had some serious financial clout. Dog Soldiers ace card is its excellent script. Intriguing, compulsive, funny and most importantly, realistic, it adds to the documentary feel that can sometimes be seen in the camerawork.

The werewolves are also effective. Massive in size and strength, these beasts make a serious adversary, luckily without resorting to too much CGI. Which is, as a famous wolf himself may once have said, all the better to scare you with. Dog Soldiers is also relatively violent, with a more than a few splatters of gore, surprising for a UK 15 rated movie. However much of this can easily be placed into the ‘cartoon’ violence style.

As our heroes are trapped in the farmhouse, the claustrophobia sets in with the dark night. The wolves assault the house with growing ferocity, leaving pockets of tension in between. This is perhaps the only place where the movie loses its way, as we the audience, are not fooled into thinking it’s all over. Naturally for this kind of movie, don’t be expecting to be ‘challenged’ by it, this is pure Saturday night fun and it never tries to be anything else. Minor quibbles in an overall excellent package.










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Directed by Neil Marshall
Produced by Christopher Figg
Tom Reeve
David E. Allen
Written by Neil Marshall
Starring Sean Pertwee
Kevin McKidd
Liam Cunningham
Music by  
Distributed by Pathe Film
Release date(s) 2002
Running time 101 Minutes
Language English
Budget Not stated


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