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Dog Soldiers - 25/1/2006 4:15:48 PM   
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Brilliant! - 25/1/2006 4:15:49 PM   
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Top quality, balls to the wall horror that Hollywood wishes it could still make. But they would rather hedge their bets with wishy-washy 15 rated remakes!

Quality action, characters, scares and dialogue come thick and fast in this gem of a movie. The humour is very British but is so good it can't fail to translate, along with the odd bit of slapstick. 

Neil Marshall is also happily not afraid to show plenty of blood and guts (literally), just like a proper horror movie should!

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RE: Brilliant! - 2/3/2006 10:13:23 AM   
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Really good horror but what was the football score

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Barking - 3/4/2006 9:16:04 PM   
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The Descent is better, but as far as debuts go this is damn good fun.

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Excellent! - 12/4/2006 9:48:34 PM   
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Neill Marshall's Action/Horror/Comedy mixes The Evil Dead with Night of the Living Dead with a An American Werewolf in London twist and -- for once in a gory horror film -- does it perfectly. It's no The Descent but it's damn close.

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Very funny werewolf movie - 4/7/2006 5:31:05 PM   
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I liked this little flick directed by the now famous Neil Marshall who used his budget very effectively here. Some nice gore scenes and i also loved the black comedy, such as a soldier saying, "i hope i give ya the shits," before being eaten by a werewolf. Definetly worth a rent and one of those films to be watched with your mates.

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- 13/9/2006 5:21:26 PM   
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great but not as good as the descent

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Barking up the right tree! - 21/9/2006 10:05:21 AM   
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A superb piece of British cinema. The direction is evocative and clever, making a fine argument for perspective over CGI, and while the wolves look less than entirely realistic the fact that they are actually there makes them superior to many cgi wolves of recent years! The squaddie banter is spot on and gives you an excellent feel for the characters. A bit of a plothole with the love interest turning almost at will it would seem? If you can surpress the change why does this nice family not?
Still a great movie, a good vehicle for british talent and well worth a spot in the dvd cabinet!

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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 28/6/2007 3:37:54 PM   
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ORIGINAL: EdiWan Kenobi

A superb piece of British cinema. The direction is evocative and clever, making a fine argument for perspective over CGI, and while the wolves look less than entirely realistic the fact that they are actually there makes them superior to many cgi wolves of recent years! The squaddie banter is spot on and gives you an excellent feel for the characters. A bit of a plothole with the love interest turning almost at will it would seem? If you can surpress the change why does this nice family not?
Still a great movie, a good vehicle for british talent and well worth a spot in the dvd cabinet!


Having been over to the ARRSE (ARmy Rumour SErvice forum) where many a squaddie hang out. One put it very well :-

"i'd happily vote it one of the best films portraying the attitude of the british army these days. insofar as theres someone getting shafted, but they still just get on with it."

Lack of funding, equipment or ravenous werewolves. Just got to handle it!

It's one of my favourite films. The characters are well established and written. You actually care for them when one gets snuffed out, rather than being hapless cannon fodder a la many a horror film. The dialogue between the squaddies captures the essence of the British soldiers perfectly. They even make use of Army terms like "contact" & "stag" (guard duty) to ground the film in realism. Which is another fine aspect of the film, whilst you have the fantastical element of the werewolves. There is a sense of the horror being more real because the soldiers are portrayed realistically where they actually come across as genuine soldiers. There are of course niggly bits, whistling while supposedly behind enemy lines (at the insistence of the producers) and sitting around a campfire. Although it is a film and not a docu drama plus with demands of lighting and what the DOP (Director of Photography) requires it is understandable.

Regarding the belated transformation of Megan the female character. I'm sure there are certain werwolf lore where they can change at will, I think if they're born a werewolf rather than having been infected with the lupine disease. Also under times of extreme duress and perhaps 'elation' (sex) they may transform. Anyhow the film gives a nice dichotomy :-

Wells: I don't know, maybe it's like when you need to take a piss or something, I don't know. When you gotta go, you gotta fucking go.

Cooper: Yea, well maybe it's more like needing a shite Just cos you need one doesn't mean you drop your kegs and pinch one off.

Crude but funnily so. Megan said she had hoped the soldiers could kill the werewolves (perhaps lifting her curse) so she could escape the "fucked up family". However as they got picked off one at a time she thought it was a lost cause and picked the side of the werewolves. Since she had given up the will to escape so had she given up the will to resist transformation. The family clearly were disposed to what they were doing, in fact embracing it. One example by making stew out of the SAS corpses. They'd also amassed a nice collection of loot from their victims.

The film has a hilariously entertaining DVD commentary too.



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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 28/6/2007 8:00:49 PM   
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Love this film, one of the only ones in my collection that I never tire of watching. It's loadsa fun.

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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 29/6/2007 5:08:47 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Emyr Thy King

quote:

ORIGINAL: EdiWan Kenobi

A superb piece of British cinema. The direction is evocative and clever, making a fine argument for perspective over CGI, and while the wolves look less than entirely realistic the fact that they are actually there makes them superior to many cgi wolves of recent years! The squaddie banter is spot on and gives you an excellent feel for the characters. A bit of a plothole with the love interest turning almost at will it would seem? If you can surpress the change why does this nice family not?
Still a great movie, a good vehicle for british talent and well worth a spot in the dvd cabinet!


Having been over to the ARRSE (ARmy Rumour SErvice forum) where many a squaddie hang out. One put it very well :-

"i'd happily vote it one of the best films portraying the attitude of the british army these days. insofar as theres someone getting shafted, but they still just get on with it."

Lack of funding, equipment or ravenous werewolves. Just got to handle it!

It's one of my favourite films. The characters are well established and written. You actually care for them when one gets snuffed out, rather than being hapless cannon fodder a la many a horror film. The dialogue between the squaddies captures the essence of the British soldiers perfectly. They even make use of Army terms like "contact" & "stag" (guard duty) to ground the film in realism. Which is another fine aspect of the film, whilst you have the fantastical element of the werewolves. There is a sense of the horror being more real because the soldiers are portrayed realistically where they actually come across as genuine soldiers. There are of course niggly bits, whistling while supposedly behind enemy lines (at the insistence of the producers) and sitting around a campfire. Although it is a film and not a docu drama plus with demands of lighting and what the DOP (Director of Photography) requires it is understandable.

Regarding the belated transformation of Megan the female character. I'm sure there are certain werwolf lore where they can change at will, I think if they're born a werewolf rather than having been infected with the lupine disease. Also under times of extreme duress and perhaps 'elation' (sex) they may transform. Anyhow the film gives a nice dichotomy :-

Wells: I don't know, maybe it's like when you need to take a piss or something, I don't know. When you gotta go, you gotta fucking go.

Cooper: Yea, well maybe it's more like needing a shite Just cos you need one doesn't mean you drop your kegs and pinch one off.

Crude but funnily so. Megan said she had hoped the soldiers could kill the werewolves (perhaps lifting her curse) so she could escape the "fucked up family". However as they got picked off one at a time she thought it was a lost cause and picked the side of the werewolves. Since she had given up the will to escape so had she given up the will to resist transformation. The family clearly were disposed to what they were doing, in fact embracing it. One example by making stew out of the SAS corpses. They'd also amassed a nice collection of loot from their victims.

The film has a hilariously entertaining DVD commentary too.




The Howling states that werewolves can change shape at will - not heard it in many others, though.  Usually it's just the "full moon" that allows it to happen.

One of my favourites for most of the reasons mentioned previously.  Also, since I happen to be a bit of a werewolf fan, this definitely ranks highly on the list of them, not quite An American Werewolf... or The Howling, but damn close...


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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 1/7/2007 12:37:36 PM   
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Great movie.
Read in an interview with Robert Englund that The Laughing Devil monologue around the campfire was given an award for best scene in a horror film that year...........or something.
Oh, and Spoon must be one of the hardest men in movie history

" I hope i give you the shits, you fuckin' wimp "

Quality!!



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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 1/7/2007 1:04:09 PM   
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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 1/7/2007 3:44:45 PM   
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This is one film I've been desperate to watch again.

I'm sure I really enjoyed it at the time, but I also remember thinking it started off excellently with only brief flashes/glimpses of the wolves, and descended into a bit of a farce when you could see how unrealistic they look.   However the tongue-in-cheek humour in the whole film kind of excused it.

My memory is hazy so I want to rewatch it as my older and wiser self.

Loved the 'There is no Spoony' line though.  And there were definitely a few times I burst out laughing in it.  Whether that was the intended effect or not, I did anyway!

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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 1/7/2007 4:25:24 PM   
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Great film, very British!!! Not as good as The Descent, but it's still a brilliant film, that mixes gory horror and dark humour very well. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of horror films.

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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 1/7/2007 5:43:47 PM   
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It was ok but it lost me when the guy was trying to have a fist-fight with the werewolf.



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RE: Barking up the right tree! - 7/7/2007 9:25:07 PM   
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One of my fave films! Loved the humour, the acting, and the script was very funny and sharp.

"Where is he?"
"He's all over there!"

I know what you're saying about the fist fight with a werewolf, but by that point the film kinda had me. Obviously any realism goes out the window with these types of films, and I just find the movie incredibly watchable.
Thought Kevin McKidd and Sean Pertwee were great, and seemed to have a great "buddy" chemistry together

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Perfect mix of thrills and laughs... - 18/8/2007 3:54:54 AM   
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...tho' someone should tell Eng-er-land fans that the 5-1 against ze Germans was in retrospect the worst result in years (created false sense of superiority and a harder draw in the ensuing World Cup).

Sean Pertwee's performance ensures this film is 5-star!

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bloody brilliant... - 10/9/2007 12:06:18 AM   
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Pertwee = one of the best british actor...EVER!! "piss off, thats an order"...lol!!!!

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? - 30/9/2007 12:14:32 PM   
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Possibly the worst film i have ever seen! I laughed so hard during some of the scenes! I would never reccomend this film and it should be in the genre of comedy.

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- 21/10/2007 4:57:08 PM   
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beware the full moon

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- 21/10/2007 4:57:08 PM   
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Awesome!!! - 7/1/2008 12:29:55 PM   
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This film ruled when I first seen it....and it still rules. A funny, engaging action/horror.

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Dog Soldiers rules ...end of story! - 8/7/2008 6:17:29 PM   
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It's films like this that show why low budget horrors often outshine their big-budget counterparts.

Low budgets often mean you have to be cleverer. And this is so cleverly written, directed and acted that it needs no big CGI special effects to make the monsters effective.

The problem with alot of horrors is you don't care about the victims ...now where is the horror if you're not bothered if they make it out alive or not? Well, this isn't a problem here with 6 full-of-character british squaddies fighting for there lives against a pack of werewolves keeping you involved at all times. The group are packed with great banter and, with the exception of few, don't go down without a fight. You may find yourself thinking "if I had to die in a horror movie that's how I'd wanna go down" while watching some of the group meeting there end.

Lots of thrills, tension, scares and a lashing of tongue'n'cheek (see the newspaper headline at end of film and the sly Matrix referencing for proof) make this a classic british horror.

They person who convinced me to see this film described it like this "Think Evil Dead 2 ...but instead of zombies it's werewolves ...and instead of Ash it's a group of British squaddies" ...if that isn't worth a watch I dunno what is!

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Standard horror setting with first rate delivery - 3/4/2009 10:11:51 PM   
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This is the kind of film that is used to start someone career (five people in a hut and then are chopped up). And what a start, the plot is basic and the twist aren't hard to guess but who cares, when you got (spoiler) a squaddie going toe to toe with a werewolf. The dialogue matches the characters types meaning there isn't any great overarching message but who cares when people can utter great lines like ('Me guts are out' 'Then we'll just have to put back in' 'There not going to fucking fit').

This is a great Saturday evening horror flick, the atomsphere won't make you want to sleep with the lights on and the tone won't make you miserable. Just sit back, enjoy and wish it was you taking on werewolves.

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- 27/3/2011 9:40:21 PM   
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What a great werewolf movie, the cast, the story, the practical effects are all amazing.
Its amazing how much a good director can get out of a low budget, and produce such a great genre movie.
Probably one of the best werewolf movies out there!

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