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40 out of 59 people found the following review useful:

Bird flu is certainly getting out of control!...

5/10
Author: the_rattlesnake25 from Sheffield, UK
17 June 2009

Vince (Stephen Graham) is going through the final stages of his divorce and to help him through this period his friends Mikey (Noel Clarke) and Neil (Danny Dyer) decide to take him and a few of the other boys to a remote village outside the humdrum of their London lives to get, in Dyer's own words; 's**tfaced'. However, when they turn up to the incredibly eerie village of Moodley to find flesh-eating, man-hating, cannibalistic women who want to do nothing more than rip out their internal organs and eat them for breakfast, the boys realise they have bitten more than they can chew and must fight their way through a barrage of blood-thirsty women in the most misogynistic way imaginable.

The premise of the film completely reflects the manner in which Jake West approaches this project, with a gleeful nod towards plenty of harmless sexist humour and cheap gory death sequences that are all nice, light-hearted and fun. Neil, Vince and Mikey are all your typical working-class likely lads out to simply flirt with the opposite sex and drink as much as their body-weight, with Danny Dyer in particular needing to place little effort in recreating his Cockney 'laddish' persona (yet again) on the big-screen. While Dave Schaffer's script contains many easy-going humorous gags to keep your attention ticking over while the next axe, gnome or sword heads to try and end the boy's misogynistic ways and eliminate the male chromosome all in one.

'Doghouse' is nowhere near the heights of Pegg/Frost's rom-zom-com-supremo 'Shaun of the Dead', but it isn't the worst film you will see this year. At a short running time of 85 minutes, you'll be cheaply entertained with boys being boys and women being...err, evil, vicious, un-relentless and, well women (just kidding!). This a film you'd probably enjoy seeing more after you've been kicked out the local Pub at closing time and are heading home with your Chicken Jalfrezi in one hand and the DVD in the other.

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30 out of 46 people found the following review useful:

The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

8/10
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom
22 October 2009

Vince is crestfallen, his relationship with his lady is over. Enter his blokey bloke mates who decide to take him out to a country village for a fun lads weekend. Trouble is is that the village of Moodley has seen the female population turned into an army of man-eating "zombirds" out for male flesh.

No doubt about it, Doghouse will not so much divide in two the horror/comedy faithful, it will dissect them into little pieces and continue to do so for quite some time. Already it has been chastised for being misogynistic, a poor imitation of British genre benchmark Shaun Of The Dead, and more baffling to me, a waste of British talent. All of which are wrong. Of which the last statement from me has probably already seen a number of internet users vote negative on this review before reading further. Cest la vie, but if you are still with me? Then thank you for your time.

Doghouse is one of the most in tune self mocking British comedies concerning lad culture of recent times, arguably ever?. Fifteen minutes into the film our group of "lads," after having been introduced to us thru a series of attitudes involving their partners {there's a gay guy too folks}, stand together and a phone rings. The ring tone is that bastion of British machismo, the "Match Of The Day" theme, our group collectively dig into their pockets for their mobiles thinking it may be their phone ringing. From here on in, the marker for what type of film Doghouse is has been set.

From here we lurch into a battle of the sexes with wry observations as our "heroes" do battle with zombiefied female stereotypes. Hairdresser, dentist, schoolgirl, goth girl, a bride, horsey type and even a god dam lollipop lady. All scripted with astute knowing and self-critique from Dan Schaffer as the "lads" veer from scared cat wimps to once again being sexually brave Ramboesque types. Honestly, and I speak as a seasoned British male, some of the dialogue here is as sharp as the sexy zombie hairdresser girl's scissors are. Oh yeah, forgot to say that the blood flows for those of the gore persuasion, very much so. Some scenes are horror delights, they may come with a quip or a tongue in cheek reference, but there is some fine blood letting stuff here.

In the cast you have Stephen Graham, Noel Clarke and Danny Dyer. I wonder how many folk have noticed the irony that all three guys are not long out of being in "blokey" hooligan type films? Dyer does his usual Cockney wide boy act that will annoy those who don't buy into it, but really there is a reason he plays to type, it's because like it or not? He's effing good at it governor. Graham and Clarke are both British treasures, not based on this film you understand, but they have much ability and it's great to see them having such a great time. While the support from the likes of Lee Ingleby as a horror comic/Evil Dead fan is truly "nudge nudge-wink wink" enjoyable. Director Jake West has moved considerably a few notches forward with this picture, so add his name to the list of British genre directors to watch alongside Paul Andrew Williams and Christopher Smith.

Comparisons with Shaun Of The Dead are folly, that film is an awesome parody of the genre, a film that remains a sub-genre highlight. This is a different film, tho, one that parodies the genre with a totally focused observational narrative on a culture that warrants humorous inspection. So be it, I will happily watch this {and will} with my cinema loving missus because I know she will see the pointedness of it all. And besides, any film that slots in Space's magnificent "The Female Of The Species" has to be worth a look at least.... 8/10

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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

A village full of women who are real man-eaters.

6/10
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.
27 October 2009

Jake West has been gaining a following among horror fans for a few years now (Razor Blade Smile had a few fans but Evil Aliens really made his name in the community) and it's good to see him finally working with a cast and budget that can help realise his comedy-horror sensibilities into something polished and perhaps a little more appealing to more than just a cult audience.

A bunch of lads, all experiencing varying degrees of relationship problems, decide to get away from it all and take a trip to the village of Moodley for a weekend of drinking, debauchery and any activity that will help their good friend Vince (Stephen Graham) forget all about his recent divorce. it seems like they definitely picked the wrong village though as all of the women have somehow been turned into vicious, man-hating cannibals. Once the lads realise the situation all political correctness and ideas of gentlemanly conduct are thrown out the window as survival becomes the main aim.

West has a great cast including Graham, Danny Dyer (who many dislike but I have no problem with), Noel Clarke, Keith-Lee Castle and others familiar to viewers of UK television and film. Yes, the characters are almost all just a bunch of mildly misogynistic men's men but there's enough variety in there and little character details to make each one well-rounded enough for the audience to identify with.

The infected women are, for the most part, heavily made up but it's always fun to see Emily Booth in a horror movie no matter how she looks while everyone else is given some accompanying outfit or identifying feature (a wedding dress, a massive sword, etc) to single them out as an individual threat.

Fans of gore will not be disappointed as there is plenty on display here, most of it really well done and certainly a step up even from West's Evil Aliens carnage. And as for the humour? For the most part, it works really well although I can't see this movie appealing to a lot of women. This is a "lad's" movie through and through, from the juvenile observations about the sexiness of killer cannibal females to the embittered protest against men feeling they have been trained as a pet in previous relationships. As bad as the opinions may be, these characters end up voicing thoughts that many men have had at one time or another which just makes the reactions to the situation ring true despite the absurdity of it.

Sadly, the film really suffers a major setback in it's ending . . . . an ending so bad that I actually sat through the credits expecting some amusing footnote that never appeared. An enjoyable, unspectacular movie gave me nothing to complain about until that ending, one of the worst I have seen in the past decade. For that very reason I have to knock a point or two from it's rating here but it's a shame because the rest of the movie was going along nicely. Still, them's the breaks. Give it a try but probably best to do so with a few beers and some male mates round. I would not recommend this as a movie for "date night".

See this if you like: Lesbian Vampire Killers, Shaun Of The Dead, Evil Aliens.

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25 out of 39 people found the following review useful:

Sort of like a Brit version of From Dusk Till Dawn but with zombies instead of vampires.

7/10
Author: dilbertsuperman from Baghdad
11 October 2009

This is a reasonably funny and campy horror movie that starts off as a bunch of blokes on a road trip to cheer up their recently divorced mate. Since the gathering was sudden and unplanned they catch a lot of crap from their women for leaving on the trip- hence being in the doghouse. They are on their way to a lovely town where the women outnumber the men 4 to 1.. there's women EVERYWHERE! Too bad that winds up not being such a good thing for them. LOL!! If you like a couple of jokes in between killing lots of female zombies, this is your movie, there is some decent creativity with the zombies, just remember the whole thing is tongue in zombie cheek.

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33 out of 59 people found the following review useful:

British comedy-horror - the perfect film for a night out or night in with a few beers

7/10
Author: ro-70 from Bishop's Stortford, Herts. UK
10 June 2009

I was at the first screening of Doghouse in the West End last night, attended by the director Jake West and stars Danny Dyer and Noel Clarke.

Anyone going along to this and expecting anything other than what they know they are going to get are going to be disappointed. This is a laddish Brit-com-horror. In fact its not actually horrific at all as everything is done for laughs. There is no real sense of dread as the whole idea of the film is to maximise the gruesome bits but you know that ten seconds after seeing a bit of goo, someone's going to make a classic one-liner. There are so many gags that not all of them hit the spot, but some are very funny but not all very PC (it is laddish!).

Comparing the original trailer to the film I just saw, I can't help but think that the original film's darker nature has been pretty much exorcised to beef up the humour. The new trailer would also seem to justify the audience the film-makers are targeting.

That said, I came out of the film remembering how I used to go to the cinema as a teenager because going to the cinema was a fun thing to do with mates. Nowadays I so rarely go to the cinema that I don't want to just go and see anything, it has to be something special.

With Doghouse, it really is sit down disengage your brain for 90 minutes, forget about the worries of the world and have a laugh, and then another and another. Don't worry about the plot too much (I don't think the writers did!) and just chill out for an hour and a half.

If you just want a film that is a bit of fun and you just want to be entertained for your entrance fee then this is a film to see. It is no classic and doesn't aim to be, in fact it probably has more in common with the classic "Carry on" series of films than anything else I can think to compare it to. Everyone probably had a ball making it.

After its cinema release it will be a great Friday night film with a few mates, a few beers and the obligatory curry.

Great soundtrack too.

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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Shaun of the Dead for Nuts readers.

5/10
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England
9 December 2009

After travelling to a remote village for a weekend of drunken debauchery and male bonding, a group of friends come under attack from the women of the village, who have turned into bloodthirsty cannibals as the result of a top-secret biological warfare experiment carried out by the army.

Those looking for a stylish slice of quirky Brit comedy/horror in the vein of Shaun of the Dead, be warned: Jake West's Doghouse is aimed squarely at the lad-mag reading, post-footy, post-pub, post-curry crowd, and as such, the level of sophistication is not exactly high. Don't expect clever word-play, irony, post-modernism, surrealism, or satire; do expect tit jokes, loads of swearing, mindless violence, and puerile gags about shagging zombies, all of which could have been tons of fun, if only the film's characters hadn't been such an unlikable bunch of 'blokes' (fully deserving of everything they get), and director Jake West hadn't forgotten to develop his plot beyond a repetitive string of silly chase scenes and gory battles.

Although Doghouse is far from the worst British film in recent years to attempt combining laughs with scares (that honour goes to the abysmal Lesbian Vampire Killers, closely followed by The Cottage), I really was expecting a lot more from the director of zany splatterfest Evil Aliens, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The basic premise—a blood-drenched battle of the sexes—is an interesting variation on the standard zombie plot, the design and execution of the female creatures is impressive (each has its own distinctive look and personality), and the gore is well executed; but with the comedy being so moronic, the narrative rapidly going nowhere, and not one sympathetic person to root for, Doghouse is definitely something of a disappointment.

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Women on Top … of the food chain

6/10
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
21 March 2010

After having massively enjoyed the grotesque B-splatter of "Evil Aliens", I'm blindly willing to watch every new movie directed by Jake West. And he seemingly feels comfortable and well at home in the field of crude splatter-comedies, as "Doghouse" is another wildly over-the-top and light-hearted piece of entertainment with copious amounts of fake blood and intestines as well as vulgar jokes and clichéd "battle-of-the- sexes" humor. Great Britain pretty much reigns in this area at this moment, by the way, with other famous and acclaimed titles like "The Cottage", "Shaun of the Dead", "Doomsday", "Severance", "Lesbian Vampire Killers" …

Seven thirty-something friends have planned a weekend of heavy drinking and macho talking, so that they can help buddy Vince get over his divorce. They head out to a town called Moodley, in the middle of British countryside nowhere, where there reputedly are more female inhabitants than males and where one of the blokes' grandmothers has an empty cottage. Straight from their arrival, they're being attacked by the women of Moodley who turned into bloodthirsty and flesh-craving demonic beasts. From a left behind soldier, they hear that the women are infected with experimental military virus and already devoured the entire male population in town. If Neil, Vince and C° ever want to get out alive, they'll have to defend themselves with imaginative weapons, like golf clubs, remote controlled toy cars, cloth hangers and hedge clippers. "Doghouse" is a zealous splatter comedy with a couple of gory highlights (including a head split with an ax) and a handful of funny situations, but it's also quite derivative and forgettable. We've all seen plenty of cheerful zombie movies (most recent there was "Zombieland") and the genre has nothing new to offer. The so-called "Unique Selling Preposition" – to put it in marketing terms – of this film is the fact that only women become infected with the virus. "Dogshouse" is a spitfire of typical macho dialogs and anti-feminist jokes, so I wouldn't exactly label this as the ideal date movie.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Very predictable, but not bad

6/10
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
26 March 2014

DOGHOUSE is a British stab at the comedy horror genre, featuring a group of guys who go off on holiday to a remote woodland locale and find themselves at the mercy of some zombie-type creatures. It's a film that's more than happy to reveal its inspirations, which here seem to be the likes of horror classics such as THE EVIL DEAD as well as more recent fare like SEVERANCE, which also starred Danny Dyer.

As such, the story is entirely predictable and almost everything that happens has been done before, and probably better. Despite that, it's quite a watchable film, filled to the brim with lots of humour - a lot of it sexist, it has to be said - and gore effects which keep it bubbling along. It's surprisingly entertaining given the pedigree of director Jake West, who has made some real tosh over the years (I'm thinking of EVIL ALIENS in particular).

The cast is littered with familiar faces and more than a few decent actors (Stephen Graham, Noel Clarke) and Dyer plays one of those laid-back, likable lead characters that he always seems to adopt. The special effects and various action scenes are all well-handled, although it has to be said that the actresses playing the various Zombirds are all terribly, embarrassingly over the top (particularly Emily Booth). Still, this is unashamedly adult in tone, which is a plus, and it's a masterpiece in comparison to the execrable LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

watch it all..............

7/10
Author: george-427 from United Kingdom
25 June 2011

if your going to review a movie please watch all of it and not 2/3rds (or 1/2 if your lucky) because you would have seen this for what it is, pure gory trash horror. its not the smartest of films, hell its not the smartest if it was a slug, but its not meant to be. the thin story line is only there to hold the gore, slapstick comedy and quirky remarks together. its an OK film to sit with a few mates and a few beers and laugh at the stupidity of the characters and the situations they get them self in.the name comes from the fact that all the characters are in the doghouse for going away for the weekend when there wives or girlfriends don't want them to go.something goes wrong (what! no! really!)and the so called s*%t hits the fan.its funny,gory and daft, so sit back, switch of your smarts and enjoy a so bad its good British horror flick.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Dr. Drew says... 5 out of 10

5/10
Author: Dr_Drew_Says from United States
26 September 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Doghouse (2009): The Good, the Bad and the Nasty

Synopsis: A British film about a group of men having a "get-a-way" for a member of their pack that is getting a divorce. They rent a tour bus to take them to a remote town to drink away their troubles with hopes of encountering the opposite sex. What they find is undead, unholy and fully man-hating.

The Good: I thought that the cast of guys did about as well with this script as they could. You kinda liked (or hated) most of them because of their character... which is a good thing. You were rooting FOR them as a group, not against them. I can't tell you how many schlocky horror films I watch where I just want the characters to die some agonizing death just to be rid of them. Not here. You could tell they were a tight-knit group and it felt genuine... even when the scenes were of disagreements and hostility. Each character was unique and fit within the group. Nice job casting and it made the movie bearable.

The Bad: Unfortunately, there's a lot more bad than good. This whole thing has been done SO MANY times. There was nothing new aside from the "man-hating" aspect to it. So a virus turns ONLY the women into zombies and they in turn are now man-hating flesh eaters. Okay then. The only thing to make it more cheesy would be to involve the army... oh wait. Well, there goes the originality. There's a fair amount of gore and action, but it gets stale fast. I found myself checking Facebook a lot in the last half hour. Snooze. It's just one long chase scene with the same female zombies. Again, the dialogue between the guys is somewhat interesting and you ARE rooting for them at first, but you sort of lose your fervor for it after about an hour. You just end up not caring. And if I recall correctly, not caring while watching a movie is a bad thing.

The Nasty: I guess this town was made up of weird axe-wielding strippers and hairstylists who also specialized in S&M, hey? The zombies just came off a little odd. So you put chicks in sexy outfits and then make them nasty ugly and vomit black stuff and that's supposed to be enticing or appealing? Pass.

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