Critics Consensus: An amateurish, unfunny and unscary British horror-comedy that could be accused of misogyny.
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Movie InfoThis British horror comedy concerns a group of men suffering from midlife crises, who embark on a relaxing country weekend but wind up in a village overrun by psychotic and cannibalistic female creatures. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Doghouse
The magic ingredient here is Dan Schaffer's sly script, which constantly undercuts the film's inherently sexist premise.
A Mad Magazine-style zombie-fest that chomps on PC sensibilities like they're made out of obnoxious male flesh.
Doghouse is in no way substantive, but it is kind of an enjoyable goof, if you're in the mood for such a thing.
Doghouse is a very entertaining time-waster and definitely one for the boys %u2013 break out the beers and just have some fun.
Female zombies are the perfect excuse to show women being beaten up by men. In its trashy way, the film has just enough exuberance to be classified as harmless.
You could say that this is one step up from the ghastly Lesbian Vampire Killers, since it suggests they are getting what they deserve from the other sex. But that step is a short one.
A grotesque misogynistic romp, Doghouse is too laddish and corny to even hold a candle to the witty Shaun Of The Dead. Perhaps Lesbian Vampire Killers wasn't so bad after all.
Like going on a stag-do with people you hate, this beta-male bilge is far too Neanderthal to do much more than drag its knuckles on the ground and sniff the rears of other, better films.
Jake West's low-budget British movie Doghouse is so jaw-droppingly bonkers that it actually deserves to be seen.
The acting's just awful, the misogyny undeniable, but the odd flash of Shaun of the Dead-style inventiveness means you forgive it buckets.
"On the piss. On the pull. On the menu", quoth the poster, but munching on Dyer looks like it might pose a health risk even for the undead. Hideous, all of it.
It sounds like a straight-to-DVD stinker doesn't it? It's pleasantly surprising to report therefore, that Doghouse isn't one of the worst films of the year and is in fact a hilarious, PC brigade-baiting romp.
A sexist, unoriginal but entertaining bit of fun. And isnt that exactly what you want some Saturday nights?
The sort of testosterone-fuelled Brit-pic tailor-made for a profanity-filled viewing through the beer-goggles on a Friday after a curry and a belly-full of ale.
A nicely gory comedy-horror flick that is a diverting bit of lads' entertainment.
If Shaun of the Dead is the gold standard of British zombie comedy, and Lesbian Vampire Killers is a tin-plated knock-off, then Doghouse must be ... Ratners.
Audience Reviews for Doghouse
A group of Londoners go on a "lads only" trip to a remote village only to find that the entire female population have become flesh eating monsters and murdered all the men. I'd like to nominate Jake West for a long, slow hand clap because this is the second of his films I've seen and the second that's one of the most immature, amateurish piles of crap I've ever witnessed. I think you can tell from the synopsis and the presence of rent-a-geezer Danny Dyer and Stephen "Combo" Graham exactly which bandwagon this film is trying to jump on (although the "plot" is clearly a dim-witted regurgitation of Dog Soldiers), but thanks to some terrible direction, awful performances and an utterly witless script it falls well short of becoming even a pale shadow of Simon Pegg's much loved celebration of schlock. It's surely one of the most misogynist films I've ever seen as all the living women are nothing but shrieking shrews who do nothing but complain (they obviously just don't understand "ver lads") and the undead ones a bunch of strippers with cerebral palsy in feeble Halloween costumes. And no amount of so-called irony can disguise the attitude of a film that contains the line "I'm going to go down there...and bash the shit out of anything in a dress". Not only did I not laugh during the entire length of Doghouse, I didn't even crack a smile. Doghouse is nothing but Shaun Of The Dead for Sunday Sport "readers".More
Stupid and silly, but I have to say that I laughed out loud...a lot. Soooo, extra credit for that.More
The strength is in the makeup and special effects.
The weakness is in the story subtext (and often blatant dialogue) about sexgender and how the zombie apocalypse could possibly serve as a solid ground for dealing with issues of gender performance inadequacy (on part of all of the men characters).
Overall, entertaining, but like most zombie flicks, don't go looking for depth.
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