Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dog Soldiers (2002)

Dog Soldiers (UK, 2002) - Color, Director(s): Neil Marshall
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 105 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10

This bad ass werewolf movie follows a group of British Army soldiers out on a routine field exercise against the Special Forces team. While trying to flank them, they happen upon the trashed remains of the opposing team and their babbling Captain. From here on, it's apparent that training is over and they all switch to live ammunition. Taking refuse in a nearby house, they are promptly surrounded by a bunch werewolves. Can this group of trained British soldiers survive against a pack of inhuman hunting machines?

What gets me about this movie is the fact that the movie is about a group of soldiers. I think it's extra scary when a group of trained soldiers are the ones being hunted or killed. In general, the victims in horror movies are just normal people like you and I... but when the ones being victimized are highly trained in combat and they're still getting slaughtered, that's when I feel like I definitely wouldn't stand a chance against the same enemy. Neil Marshall (Centurion, The Descent) of the infamous Splat Pack is behind-the-wheel of this violent werewolf movie. (so you know the gory parts are good!) Aside from the fact that they speak the Queen's English, this movie sets a nice eerie atmosphere. I agree with the poster, it did kinda remind me of Predator. Definitely worth a look!

Nudity: None that I can remember.

Gore: Very realistic war-movie type gore, but not an outrageous amount. At one point, the Sgt.'s guts were spilling out of him... and they just shove it right back inside of him.

Awesome: Totally. A bunch of scared soldiers trying to remember their training as they're being hunted by a pack of bloodthirsty lycanthropes. If you're expecting the werewolf effects to be excellent, you might be disappointed. This movie is more about the mood and atmosphere that it sets... the feeling of utter helplessness when pitted against a faster, stronger, more dangerous opponent. With the title being a play on words, this film features plenty of shooting and action for anyone with a short attention span that likes a little action with their horror.