Dog Soldiers (2002)

Soldiers vs werewolves… need I say more  

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Directorial debut from the formidable Neil Marshall, who would later hatch the iconic cave dwelling claustrophobic creeper film The Descent, delivers his initial calling card with low budget creature feature, Dog Soldiers.

I admired this plain and simple story of werewolves. Rather then delving into mythology and lore, Marshall’s characters bypass their denial and do what soldiers do best – eliminate the threat. Marshall perfectly encapsulates suspense, comedy and gore in this action packed horror, indeed being quite heavy on the action side. The film is surprisingly genuinely funny, the mateship between the soldiers feels true and the banter is comically genius. All the while, the movie never flounders, keeping its horrific edge as we witness guts sprawled and buckets of blood.

Due to the small budget Marshall keeps his well designed and thankfully non CG man dogs hiding in the shadows for the majority of the movie. Only revealing their truly terrifying form in flashes of gunfire, and truly terrifying they are at their full 9ft stance.

There is a touch of shabbiness to the film, but it bodes well with the energy and wit of Dog Soldiers. The dialogue is brilliantly playful and the characters are tremendously likeable, I could personally watch Sean Pertwee recite the alphabet and find it engaging.

8.0 / 10

“If Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch!”

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