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Dog Soldiers

Sean Pertwee , Kevin McKidd , Neil Marshall    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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This lean, efficient horror flick stands well above most bloated blockbusters. Dog Soldiers follows a military squad on a training mission in the Scottish wilds, where they run into a pack of werewolves. There's nothing fancy about the plot--the soldiers hole up in a farmhouse and desperately try to fend off the werewolves until dawn--but the script is full of smart dialogue and clever ideas, the direction is dynamic, and the performances (from Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Emma Cleasby, and Liam Cunningham, among a solid cast of relative unknowns) are strong and committed throughout. Dog Soldiers pays homage to Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, and The Evil Dead, among other films, but the references are woven into the fabric of the movie. An unpretentious, tension-inducing flick like this is a pleasant reminder that even crude special effects can be more evocative than expensive computer flashiness. --Bret Fetzer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Dog Soldiers" will grab you by the throat July 18 2004
By mark
This is one helluva good little movie.A group of British soldiers in the Scottish Highlands fight off a pack of wolfmen while hold up in an old cottage.Great suspense and terrific action abound in this low budget jewel while the soldiers try to survive until daylight.Its really good to see a film work with downhome special effects to make a good movie as opposed to those computer generated Hollywood slick looking movies.The wolves are believable as hell and the gore is really....well.... very gory.Intestines are ripped out and meat is eaten when the pack makes a kill and they make quite a few.
This is the first werewolf movie Ive seen that made the wolves look real and act scary.Face it , the werewolves reputation suffered at the hands of David Naughton and Jason Bateman so its really hard to make a movie where werewolves really come across scary .In this movie they do.
Just about everything is perfect in this little movie--a secluded cottage and the misty Scottish weather and the gloom of the woods and the impending nightfall all add up to a great setting for this man vs werewolf fight for survival.
If you like horror then see this movie ,it will put those big budget slick Hollywood pieces of crap you usually watch to shame.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Evil Dead of werewolf movies March 3 2003
I didn't know what to expect from this film. I'm usually on top of knowing good horror films when they come out but this one fell through the cracks somehow. I found out about it from Canadian horror magazine "Rue Morgue" where it won the year end readers poll for best death scene. Me being a gorehound went and rented it the same day.
I had a smile on my face the entire movie. THIS is what a werewolf movie should be! Fast-paced, violent, tense, and claustorphic, this movie also packs a good punch for gorehounds like me. A couple really good gooey moments! What I also really liked about the movie, was after reading it was a "horror-comedy", I expected outright goofeyness. But not the case. A number of really good laughs are had by some clever lines, old-war stories, and some unfortunate injuries. But it all works.
Definately in my top three werewolf movies along with Ginger Snaps and An American Werewolf in London.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Soldiers Oct. 27 2003
I originally rented this movie because I had a free rental coupon. My comment to the guy working in the video store as I left was I know I'm going to regret this, but its free.
After watching the movie I went nuts trying to find a copy that I could own. I had never heard of the movie before seeing it, and instantly loved it.
If you can get at chance to watch this movie, do it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars did not get the credit it deserves Oct. 26 2003
By A Customer
i think there are a lot of good movies hidden like this one,that
never got advertised in the movies nor in the video store...i am a horror movie fan tired of the corny movies...but i started
looking in the net for good reviewed movies like this one,i got it,saw it,and really liked it...i already got some more in my waiting list....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoooooooowling good time Nov. 2 2002
***Possible spoilers*** This is by far THE best werewolf movie I've ever seen, and I've seen them all (put it down to a lifelong fascination with lycanthropy). Most werewolf movies have left me frustrated and disappointed (the other two personally likeable ones being "An American Werewolf In London" and "An American Werewolf in Paris"), and wanting better. So, it was with more than a little skepticism that I watched this movie for the first time when it premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel. By the looks of it, they didn't cut much out of it (far less "editing" than the networks would have done to it, anyway). And I was very nicely surprised by what I saw: superb acting ("Spoon" rules!!!), a well-put-together story, and over-the-top special effects make-up. The werewolves in it actually LOOK like werewolves -- not werebears like the one in "An American Werewolf In London". I've seen numerous critiques on this movie where the people complain that it's "too gory" or "overly gruesome", etc. Well, guess what, gang -- it's a WEREWOLF movie; it's supposed to be gruesome. In fact, that's been the major problem with most of the werewolf movies out there: they're not gruesome enough, and it renders the movie unrealistic, given the "nature of the beast". If you want to watch a canine movie with no gore or violence, go rent "Benji". I HIGHLY recommend this movie to all horror movie buffs, especially lycanthrope lovers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Usually straight-to-DVD films are junk, but there are some surprises out there, and this is one of them. A British horror/action film that was never released theatrically in the U.S., and starring faces mostly unfamiliar to American viewers, "Dog Soldiers" is an exciting, well-written and well acted horror flick with no pretensions. It's actually a much better film than some the recent indie horror flicks that received a lot of critical praise, like "28 Days Later" and "Cabin Fever." For horror and action fans, you can't miss this one.
"Dog Soldiers" is essentially a mixture of "Southern Comfort" and "The Warriors" with werewolves: a military unit finds itself trapped in a wilderness, surrounding by merciless foes -- who in this case happen to be huge two-legged wolves. The film also borrows heavily from many other movies: "Alien," "Aliens," "Predator," "The Night of the Living Dead," "The Birds," "Zulu" (the characters even make direct mention of the film), "The Balir Witch Project," and "Straw Dogs."
The plot follows a British squad on a training exercise in the Scottish Highlands (actually filmed in Luxembourg). The squad comes across their target, a Special Ops unit, but it has been mysteriously and viciously wiped out. The culprits are werewolves, and soon the squad and a local biologist are fighting to live through a night of the full moon in the middle of nowhere. There are a couple of nice twists in the story along the way that shift it in unexpected directions.
The acting is uniformly superb, something you wouldn't expect from this kind of lower-budget horror film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doggone Good Time To The Limit..
“This movie” surprised the bloody heck out of me,I though I was going to be watching a war movie
or something but Wow,Oh my goodness I love it, the dam movie is so good, “Dog... Read more
Published 5 months ago by trek fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Soldiers (DVD, widesvreen)
An excellent twist on the werewolf tale! Though obviously made on a tight budget, this film has it all: great actors/acting, action, gallows humour, horror, and one of the better... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2010 by David J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See!
This is one of those rare movies that I didn't expect much from but had a great time watching. I wouldn't trade this in for most big budget Hollywood snooze-fests. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2008 by RyaNat
4.0 out of 5 stars These soldiers show great strategy and determination
There are great classics related to werewolves, The Howling, Wolfen, and the superior American Werewolf in London. After watching "Dog Soldiers" it can easily be part of this pack. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars rapid fire action that leaves you breathless
for me,this movie rocked.i thought the acting was great,the dialogue was great,and the suspense factor is through the roof at times. Read more
Published on July 25 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent modern Werewolf Film
A modern werewolf movie with great looking old school effects!! Gore is minimal and perfect! Convincing enough to make you think twice that werewolves are only located in one... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2006 by A. Chaney
4.0 out of 5 stars A training exercise for a squad of soldiers becomes a running battle...
A couple are out enjoying the romantic seclusion of a tent in the Scottish Highlands when a werewolf interrupts their love making. Read more
Published on July 20 2006 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
1.0 out of 5 stars GARBAGE!!!
This waste of film doesn't even deserve one star... Michael Jackson's "THRILLER" video was scarier than this heaping pile of junk! Read more
Published on July 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars D-U-M-B!!! Crap!
Trashy made for SciFi Channel movie or at least looks and sounds like it should have been, a heaping steamy piece of dog doo!. Read more
Published on June 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Soldiers is Bloody Good!! (Literally!)
I picked up this relatively unknown (in the States, at least) gem of monster flick based on the reviews from the Amazon USA and UK websites. I was not disappointed in the least. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by mjmithen
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