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Dog Soldiers (2002)

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.



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Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble


Complete credited cast:
... Sgt. Harry G. Wells
... Pvt. Cooper
... Megan
... Capt. Ryan
Thomas Lockyer ... Cpl. Bruce Campbell
Darren Morfitt ... 'Spoon' Witherspoon
Chris Robson ... Pvt. Joe Kirkley
Leslie Simpson ... Pvt. Terry Milburn
Tina Landini ... Camper
... Camper
Villrikke's Acer ... Sam the Dog
Bryn Walters ... Werewolf
... Werewolf
Brian Claxton Payne ... Werewolf


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 Dismal Angel

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Six soldiers. Full moon. No chance. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 May 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cães de Caça  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£681,348 (United Kingdom), 12 May 2002, Limited Release
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1.85 : 1
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There is very little CGI used in the movie because the people involved in the filming believed that CGI was being over-used at the time and that it would take viewers out of the movie because they would be focused on how the special effects looked rather than the story, thus the werewolves are animatronics and body suits with stilts. See more »


The film never makes it clear whether or not military weapons will kill the werewolves and and what point this might occur. Several characters are shown to be killed while changing into werewolves; however several werewolves are shown to be hit by multiple gunshots and suffering few, if any, ill effects. See more »


Ryan: [to Cooper] You just can't get past the dog, can you?
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During the closing credits b&w photographs are shown from the camera used during the siege in the cottage. See more »


Referenced in Made of Honor (2008) See more »


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Thrilling movie full of amazing makeup work , noisy action and kinetic energy
28 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This exciting movie is packed with noisy action, unbelievable stunts, tension, thrills, chills, and lots of blood and gore, including throating-slit ,beheading, impaling and slashing . A squad of English soldiers (Sean Pertwee , Kevin McKidd , among others) on training in the lonesome Scottish wilderness ,during manoeuvres in the dark , deep forests of Scotland region , find a wounded Special Forces captain (Liam Cunningham )and the carnage remains of his band . As they encounter zoologist named Megan (Emma Cleasby), it results out that werewolves are active in the country. After getting away the find shelter in a country house but the group encounters a pack of carnivorous, crawling creatures are waiting for them . They find themselves caught , hunted, and waiting for the long night to reach its ending . They have to prepare for some action , hope running thin and chances slipping away, as the there will be a full moon tonight with time running out .Some of them undergo a dental and hirsute transformation at the night and going on a murderous rampage every time the moon is full .

The motion picture displays action,suspense,terror with claustrophobic touches and is quite entertaining . This is a gripping, exciting , high-octane nightmare of the worse scenario with terrible werewolves stalking a soldiers team . The screenwriter provided a well-knit plot with mystery and horror, giving full rein to Neil Marshall natural talent for the terror and action genre . The theme of people being stranded in a hostile, perilous environment with attackers creatures is justly reminiscent of former films and subsequently to be made another story in similar style titled ¨The descent¨ . Stirring musical score fitting to action by Mark Thomas and appropriate cinematography Sam McCurdy . The motion picture is decently directed by Neil Marshall with splendid visual style but with no originally because he has copied previous films. Neal is expert in making brutally violent horror movies (Doomsday, The descent). Rating: Good, better than average, the film is classified PG-13 for lots of guts, gore and violence. This remarkable action film appeal to terror genre buffs .

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