Dog Soldiers title

Tag Line : Six men. Full moon. No chance!

Dog SoldiersOne of the more entertaining, though perhaps not so well known, films of recent years was this highly enjoyable modern day werewolf tale by newcomer director Neil Marshal.

A small group of army soldiers, lead by Sgt Wells (Sean Pertwee), are sent on a training exercise up against a special operations unit in the highlands of Scotland. However, things don't quite go according to plan, as they stumble across the remains of the special ops group and find that something's literally made mincemeat of them.

They do find one survivor, a certain Captain Ryan (Liam Cunningham), who keeps babbling about "there was only supposed to one". But can't seem to get any coherent answers from him. Unfortunately, they find out all too soon what it was that wiped out the other group, as they are subsequently attacked by a pack of half-man/half-wolf creatures that emerge without warning from the woods. Yup, you guessed it WEREWOLVES!!!!!!

Rescued by a local girl named Megan (Emma Cleasby), they hold up at a nearby deserted farmhouse and attempt to fend off repeated attacks by the creatures. However, with their weapons having little effect, and ammo running low, can they survive until daybreak?

Also starring Kevin McKidd and Thomas Lockyer, this is a highly enjoyable low-budget horror pic that combines blood and guts horror, with gritty action and black humour to potently good effect. It's was a great pity that this film didn't get the recognition it deserved when it was released, and only had a limited cinema run, as this is an exceptionably good werewolf tale, that all horror fans should love.

Best line..."If Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch!"

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Although set in Scotland, it was actually filmed in Luxemborg.

  • Sean Pertwee, who plays Sergeant Wells, is the son of Jon (Dr Who) Pertwee.

  • Near the beginning of the film, one of the soldiers compares their training exercise to the "Kobiashi Maru" scenario. This was a reference to "Star Trek 2 : The Wrath of Khan".

  • The tune Megan plays on the piano when they're hiding up in the farmhouse was "Clair de Lune", which translates as "Moonbeam" (get the connection?).

  • Thomas Lockyer's character was called "Bruce Campbell" after the lead actor from "The Evil Dead".

  • The line "Remember, short controlled bursts" was taken directly from the film "Aliens".

  • The US release was cut slightly to get an R rating, this trimmed the scene were the dog gets hold of Sgt Wells intestines and pulls them out across the floor. The UK release however was passed uncut with a 15 certificate.

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