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Dog Soldiers (2002)

May. 10,2002
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A band of soldiers is dispatched to war games deep in the woods. When they stumble across a rival team slaughtered in camp, they realize they're not alone.


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That was an excellent one.


This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.

Allison Davies

The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.


By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.


This is what B movies are at their best. You love this film from the start. It's just so much fun. And the buildup of suspense is nearly perfect. By the time you realise what trouble they are in, and anticipate the roller-coaster that's on the way, you'll be on the edge of your seat. And by the time the werewolf siege starts, you'll be glad you didn't give this film a miss. The film has a worthy ending, very much in a B movie style. It delivers what it promises. Now, there are certain problems with it, which detract from the experience: 1. It is too long. There was no need to make this film as long as it is. 2. The subplot goes nowhere and just irritates the audience. 3. There are certain plot holes that were unnecessary. 4. The film indulges too much in gore and action, losing focus and rhythm at times. 5. The low budget shows at times, and I think they showed the werewolves a bit too much. 6. The design of the werewolves is fine, but I would have preferred something more in the style of The Howling.Other than that, the performances are great, the actors are having tons of fun, and the final result is a genuinely fun and entertaining film.


This movie has no right being as good as it is. It's not great, but by all means it should be terrible. And it's not. Things I liked: -The effects are practical, not CGI. And they only show glimpses of the werewolves until the end of the movie so one doesn't get tired of the costumes. I think they did a better job with the werewolves than many high budget Hollywood movies would. -Sir Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight, does a great job in his role. The rest of the cast did pretty good with their acting too. -The plot moves along quickly and sustains a fun tone throughout. Negatives: -I did find a couple of minor plot holes/things that don't totally make sense. Overall this movie is much better than one would expect. Sure it's kind of cheesy and it's clearly a low budget effort, but they make the most of what they have to work with and it ends up being surprisingly good. Recommended to fans of werewolf movies and anyone that enjoys a well made B-movie

ben hibburd

Dog Soldiers is written and directed by first timer Neil Marshall, and is a low budget, stripped down British horror film, that sees a military unit embarking on a routine training exercise in the Scottish highlands. Things soon take a nightmarish turn when they encounter a pack of werewolves hellbent on ripping through them.When I picked up a copy of Dog Soldiers from my local film store, I thought the film looked pretty goofy, but the title of the film piqued my interest enough to buy it. Going into the film I didn't have a-lot of hope, but what I ended up getting out of it was one of the best werewolf films I've seen. The core group of soldiers all had good chemistry between them, despite not being given much depth to work with. Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd both give standout performances, though they are given the most to do.The main gripe I had with the film, was the tone of it. At times I felt the film was trying to be too serious for its own good. Whilst there were a couple of moments of levity, it didn't feel enough, and the tone in some scenes clashed. However one of the best, and most important aspects of the film was the costume design for the creatures, this is what film hinged on. Thankfully for a shoe string budget they manage to do a convincing job, even if they had to hide the transformations due to budget.The screenplay is fairly standard, and doesn't offer much to further the lore or style of werewolf films. What the film does to it's benefit, is to scale itself down, and turn into a siege movie. The soldiers take refuge in a small run down cottage, where they're constantly repelling the werewolves attacks. Neil Marshall excels at this style of film- making, where tensions rise in enclosed spaces, something in-which he would later go on to perfect in his career with 'The Descent'.Over-all Dog Soldiers does have a few small issue's, at times the camera can become overly shaky, especially in the beginning of the film, which makes it hard to see what's going on. There are also a couple of plot elements that felt like they came out of left field. Whilst these issue's slightly bothered me, Dog Soldiers is a well executed genre film, that's not afraid to be gruesome when it needs to be, and that makes for fantastic entertainment.


As a hardcore horror fan when it came to werewolf movie i felt quite embarrassed because i only know a few of them and most of it from the modern time.Utill this night i finally has the change to watch Dog Soldiers the debut movie from director Neil Marshall and it probably the best werewolf movie i ever seen since i watch An American Werewolf in London for the first time.For a low-budget movie it did a awesome job in the casting choice when none of any actors is famous at the time ,the movie took place in a isolation forest fit perfectly with the mood of the movie,great practical effect with the werewolf make up and how their didn't shown up completely until the final showdown near the end.The relationship of characters in this movie is flesh out really well when we get to know each character personality and how their interact with other make we care about their life even more when the werewolf started to showing up.There are many memorable moment in this movie like the first werewolf raid and one infamous scene of this movie involving a guy and a werewolf in the same room