One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »
Refusing to believe her story about cave-dwelling monsters, the sole survivor of a spelunking exploration gone horribly wrong is forced to follow the authorities back into the caves where something awaits.
Michael J. Reynolds,
In the highland forest, Captain Ryan (Liam Cunningham) and his Special Forces Unit, which includes Sergeant Walker, are spying on the squad of British Soldiers who have been set up as bait ... See full summary »
A British Squad is sent on a training mission in the Highlands of Scotland against Special Operations squad. Ignoring the childish "campfire" stories heard about the area, they continue with their mission and come across the bloody remains of the Special Ops Squad, and a fierce howling is pitching the night sky... With two mortally wounded men, they make an escape, running into a zoologist by the name of Megan - who knows exactly what hunts them. What began as what they thought was a training mission turns into a battle for their lives against the most unlikely enemies they would have expected - werewolves. Written by
Another reference/homage to Zulu (1964) is when Cooper's character is trapped in the bathroom upstairs and he begins tunneling through the wall to get to Wells. The two then proceed to break through the wall to the bedroom, mirroring the scene in Zulu when Hook is in the Hospital as the Zulus break in. See more »
When Megan rescues the soldiers in her truck, you can see stationary scenery such as trees through the passenger windows visible in the background of the closeups of her and Pvt. Cooper, despite the actors all bumping and swaying to suggest being in a moving vehicle. See more »
Sergeant Harry Wells:
We are now up against live, hostile targets. So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch.
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There are no opening credits, other than the title. See more »
Exciting and thoroughly well-made werewolf film from Scotland delivers the goods to both horror and action fans!
A band of soldiers go into the Scotland country for a training exercise and instead find themselves struggling to survive against a horde of werewolves!
Writer/director Neil Marshall does a knock-out job with creating a solid werewolf film that packs on plenty of quick suspense and steely action. Marshall's story is always gripping, building to an explosive climax. He's obviously a genre fan as he references a number of old-school horror films in the process, even naming one character after B movie hero Bruce Campbell. The direction is right on too with plenty of atmospheric spookiness, as well as a feeling of complete claustrophobia even in the sprawling woods! The special FX come off pretty good and provides for more than a few gory scenes.
The cast isn't half bad, hero Kevin McKidd (dearly departed Tommy from Trainspotting) and Sargent Sean Pertwee being the best.
This film may have flown under the horror radar back in 2002, but genre fans should discover just how good this film is. Dog Soldiers is a movie that lets us know that the monster flick is not dead!
*** out of ****
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