Thursday, January 20, 2011

Doghouse (2009)

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.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 6/10.

If you liked DOGHOUSE, check out:
SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE TAINT, THE COTTAGE.

9 comments:

  1. hearing mixed reviews, but i believe you have the grasp that locks it in or throws it out...

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  2. Not gonna go out of my way for this one.

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  3. The trailer for this one looked really good, but it just never paid off. I felt similarly about SEVERANCE, however, and that also has a huge following.

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  4. I watched it last night, Carl. I thought it was pretty funny, but not overwhelmingly so. I kind of missed the ending as I was preoccupied with other things. Still, for $10, it was at least worth that much. It owes a great deal to SHAUN OF THE DEAD I'd say.

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  5. I think it thought it was smarter than it was. There was a TON of potential here, the film just got so friggin tedious once each of the characters found a hiding spot and just sat there moping. The guy on the inconspicuous product placement billboard? Really? Cant think of anything else to do but sit there? Check out the trailer on that disc V, the trailer for the film is perfectly cut to maximize the best scenes from the film. I would have rated the film a 9 on that alone lol..

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  6. A buddy of mine in NY gave it a really good recommendation, but he loves just about everything that's British made, especially when it comes to comedy.

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  7. It's actually a good movie, too many liberals however like to call this movie "sexist", but it's the truth.

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  8. It's no more sexist against women than it is against men, the men are shown in more stereotypically stupid roles than the evil bloodsucking women! Thanks for joining Josh!

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