Dog Soldiers

2002

Dog Soldiers

Critics Consensus

Frightening, funny, and packed with action, Dog Soldiers is well worth checking out for genre fans -- and marks writer-director Neil Marshall as a talent to keep an eye on.

79%

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79%

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British director Neil Marshall's directorial debut Dog Soldiers resurrects and embraces the low-budget horror-comedy. Sergeant Harry Wells (Sean Pertwee) leads a team of British soldiers on a routine expedition to the Scottish Highlands. The six men would rather be at home watching the game, but they are even more dismayed when a carcass lands on their campfire. The next morning, they happen upon a severely injured Captain Richard Ryan (Liam Cunningham) and the bloody remains of his squadron. Soon they are attacked by giant werewolf beasts and chased through the woods, only to be saved by zoologist Megan (Emma Cleasby), who explains some of the truth about the creatures. They all take refuge in an old farmhouse while the threat of the monsters looms increasingly heavy.

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  • Apr 26, 2015
    A British gem which revived the werewolf genre. Soldiers went to Scotland for expedition, Celtic werewolves attacked forcing them to retreat to a nearby house, they must fight or die to survive. Basically a Night of the Living Dead swapped with werewolves and skilled combatants. Surprisingly good, it's got non-stop action, real human conflicts, violence and gore. Everything you need for a good horror film. Neil Marshall is a genius.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2014
    A pretty decent British horror film with some good action scenes plenty of gore, Some nice humour thrown in, The story has been done before but it's great heart pounding film.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Personal favourite Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday and Centurion), brought out his very first film, Dog Soldiers, back in '02. It most certainly set the pace for his (in my opinion) Magnum Opus, Doomsday. Starring Kevin McKidd (from Rome, Trainspotting, The Last Legion, Hannibal Rising) as well as Neil Marshall favourites Sean Pertwee (Skins, Event Horizon, Equilibrium, Doomsday, Mutant Chronicles, Ultramarines: The Movie), Emma Cleasby (Doomsday), Liam Cunningham (Centurion, Clash of the Titans, THe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Hunger, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Blood: The Last Vampire, Harry Brown), Darren Morfitt (Doomsday, Warrior, Manchester Passion), Chris Robson (Doomsday, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Band of Brothers, The Ghost Squad) as well as a cameo from the Godbeast of acting-badassery, Craig Conway (The Descent, Doomsday, Terry Pratchett's Hogfather) the film follows a platoon of soldiers dropped into the Scottish Highlands, who soon find themselves little more than lambs to the slaughter for a family of werewolves on the hunt. Which I mean, lets face it, you've got to try pretty hard to screw that up. Of course it's not screwed up, Dog Soldiers is an all time favourite of mine, and though I don't feel it could stand up against Doomsday, it just goes to show that you don't need the money or experience, when you have the creative clarity of a genre-genious like Neil Marshall. The idea is incredible, the cast is superb, the setting is fantastic, the cinematography is great, the werewolves are original and cool and the script is genuinely amazing. While I'm on the script, I feel it's important to get around to saying what I mean by "amazing" (this time around). I don't mean that there's no plot holes, dodgy moments or silly lines (because there most certainly are those things), I just mean that the dialogue and action-direction is out-of-this-world. Awesome. Of course the calibre of the actors helps this along I'm sure, but Mr. Marshall's screen writing is just. Plain. Great. As with all of his films (unfortunately only four to date) on Dog Soldiers, Neil Marshall doesn't take the route of directors like Guy Ritchie (Revolver, Snatch) or Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, The Box) who try to defy genre and fuck your mind (which technically speaking I do love) instead he sticks to the genre as best as he can. He takes every single good thing he's seen, and mixes is it all up to come out with a completely unique film. Though he has throwbacks to dozens of older films (mostly from the 80's) but rather than taking a tired old formula and repeating it in a cliched way, he emulates the things we loved, and lets us enjoy the ride. Dog Soldiers is the sort of movie you don't just watch, you unleash it on your friends all at once, it's one of the few horrors out there which is nothing but fun, without falling into that dank abyss that is self-parody. A smart, scary, hilarious and fantastic starting block that propelled my favourite director/screenwriter into the world of wonder he's still creating today, don't worry about the imperfections, just sit back, and love it. 85% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2013
    A fun action/horror/80's throwback movie that reminded me a lot of the movies like Predator or Aliens where it's basically a group of human vs an unstoppable beast that will tear you to shreds. A good watch, some neat things here and there, but is your basically your regular 80's action horror movie made 20 years later which is not necessarily a bad thing.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer

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