Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dog Soldiers (2002)

Despite the name and the introductory title music / opening scene, what seemed to be a run-of-the-mill SciFi Original paid off in spades, quickly becoming one of the best werewolf films in decades. A British military training mission turns deadly when the soldiers come face to face with an unexpected pack of werewolves in the forest. The creatures are hidden throughout the majority of the film, only showing glimpses of the beasts as they dart between trees while they rapidly stalk their prey. The forest setting makes for beautiful atmosphere, punctuated by blue filters and fog effects. The latter half of the film follows the typical Night of the Living Dead scenario, with the wolves surrounding the men in a farm house that was thought to be abandoned. The final reveal shows impressive costuming and design for the wolves, standing 7-8' tall on stilted haunches, made all the more scary and menacing through the use of low-angled shots. Marshall was able to take familiar elements from previous genre efforts and create a fast-paced werewolf film that is both unique and engaging, which is made all the more believable through the solid casting and acting. Dog Soldiers is an absolute must-see, and ranks among the best for 2002 and the werewolf subgenre!

Rating: 9/10.



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6 comments:

  1. A very good werewolf flick from what is looking to be a great horror director. I like The Descent better, but this is still a great entry. It has been awhile since hearing anything from Marshall. Has he been working on anything since Doomsday?

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  2. I LOVE THIS MOVIE, AMAZING WEREWOLF FLICK I FEEL THIS MOVIE IS VERY UNDERRATED. GREAT CHOICE AND PIC AND REVIEW.

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  3. yeah, this shit blew me away - have you seen "SEVERANCE"? totally different movie and concept and director... but somehow, it gives me the same awesome, "just-under-the radar-but still-great" vibe that "DOG SOLDIERS" did.

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  4. I truly wish I liked Severance as much as you did J, but I went into it expecting something entirely different and was let down by the finished product. For some unknown reason I thought the company didnt want to pay severance and they were planning to release the employees, so rather than fire them and pay out, they hunted them dead. Always happy to see more Dog Soldiers fans though, but dont buy into the pitfall SciFi Original Warwolves that hit SciFi last year, it doesnt even come close to DS though it sounds similar in title.

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  5. I gotta say, I straight up fucking hate Severance. It tries hard to be funny and scary, but fails on all accounts with me. Plus, the lead actor is a cock end.

    Dog Soldiers however, kicks fucking ass. Not very many good werewolf flicks being made these days ( I never saw the sequels to Ginger Snaps, but dug the first one), so anything fresh to the genre is always welcome.

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  6. The sequels dont even come close to recapturing the brilliance of the original for the GS series Johnny, worth checking out at some point but they are both just nice little continuation pieces that might as well be from separate universes since the look, feel, and tones are each separate from the original

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