Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Dog Soldiers - We need guns, big fuckin' guns

Can't beat a good bit of British horror. Neil Marshalls big screen debut smashes into your face with a group of likeable OTT British soldiers and the odd resident of the full moon. Sean Pertwee (legend) and the ever dependable Kevin McKidd make sure the horror-humour-tension aspect works without losing it's way. Marshall really knows his films, horror especially, and once again (yep I know it's the first but I reviewed the other two already) he takes them and reworks them in this piece. Buffs will pick up on the odd reference, and that's never a bad thing.

For every Dead Snow and Doomsday there's a Doghouse and The Cottage. This falls into the former for me. It's not about Big budget or Low Budget, it's abou using the budget.

2 comments:

Rob said...

I think this will stand the test of time. Both the werewolf story and the band of squaddies have a timeless quality. Plus Marshall's not a slave to modern moviemaking techniques...just good storytelling.

Brilliant.

Nick said...

Yep. I adore Dog Soldiers. It's probably the most watched movie I own. It is just so much fun and a right bloomin' larf! You can tell everyone had a whale of a time making it. And it shows. Scary, action packed, hilarious, touching, gory...this werepuppy has got it all. Plus a great script and a great cast and a talented director who knows exactly what he is doing. Awesome!

[faced by a werewolf]
Cooper: "Don't... stare... back."
Spoon: "I can't... help... it."