Neil, Graham, Patrick, Mikey, and Matt head off for a weekend retreat filled with drunken debauchery to help their friend Vince get over his recent divorce, but they quickly find out that they picked the wrong place to party when all of the women in the small village of Moodley are transformed into a pack of flesh-eating zombies! DOGHOUSE wastes no time as it jumps right into the action, comedy, and gore. It introduces the audience to a group of cheeky blokes that are always good for a laugh, even if the characters are a bit one-sided. Once the group begins to hole up in the buildings around town, however, the pacing comes to an immediate halt. The gags are silly and stupid for the most part, but they do help to maintain the light mood in between the bloody mayhem. Any intended social commentary between the sexes is lost along the way, although the women are blatantly painted to be monsters and the men are each imbeciles. The one area where the film does succeed is in its outrageous special effects and creative deaths. Jake West makes a valid attempt to bring something new to the tired zombie genre, but unfortunately the script lacks the sharp wit and satire needed to make DOGHOUSE anything more than mindless entertainment.
If you liked DOGHOUSE, check out:
SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE TAINT, THE COTTAGE.