a small band of soldiers is dropped into the highlands of Scotland for
a routine exercise, they're completely unaware of what they're getting
themselves into. After spending one night in the wilderness, they come
across the remains of a special operations unit that's literally been
Starring: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, and
They soon find out that the culprit is actually a band of werewolves
that end up chasing them into an abandoned farmhouse. Along the way, they
meet Megan (Emma Cleasby), a zoologist who's been in the area for some
time. Megan and the soldiers attempt to survive the night holed up in
the isolated farmhouse while trying to come to grips with the fact that
werewolves aren't mythical creatures.
While it's certainly not an original concept, Dog
Soldiers has some good
things going for it. First, it's a fairly well-written piece of B-movie
horror. The characters, while not exactly fleshed out, deliver some interesting
dialogue. Second, the special effects are usually pretty good and the
amount of gore should please those who revel in that sort of thing. And,
third, believe it or not, the acting is much better than the genre standard.
Sean Pertwee, who plays Sgt. Wells, is excellent, as is Kevin McKidd,
as Pvt. Cooper, who takes command when the Sarge is injured.
Granted, you have to be in the mood for this kind of film as it's clearly
the work of someone who loves movies of this type. That's evident from
the dialogue's references to The Matrix, Star Trek II and Aliens.
If you're not a horror fan, Dog Soldiers isn't the type of movie that's
convert you. However, if you're looking for an evening's entertainment
and a somewhat humorous/somewhat scary movie would suit your taste, Dog
Soldiers will definitely whet your appetite.
of the soldiers in this movie is called Bruce Campbell, a reference
to Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell is the actor who portrayed
its hero Ash and the film seems to have partially inspired the plot
of Dog Soldiers. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)