Dog Soldiers (2002), starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Emma Cleasby, and Liam Cunningham
Synopsis of Dog Soldiers
In the vein of thrillers like Predator and An American Werewolf in London, Dog Soldiers follows a band of soldiers. While on a routine military exercise they must battle deadly, violent beasts preying on their blood.
Review of Dog Soldiers
I recently saw Dog Soldiers, and I was pleasantly surprised. It deals with a small military squad, that unexpectedly finds itself in a defensive action against a pack of werewolves. It’s reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead, with interesting characters thrown into a very deadly situation. And most of them don’t survive it. Despite being heavily armed, it doesn’t matter — conventional injuries don’t harm the werewolves. At best, it causes them a moment’s distraction.
Dog Soldiers also has a bit of Alien, as injured soldiers eventually turn into werewolves and are forced to join the pack. This leads to an excellent moment toward the end, as the leader, turning into one of the pack, has a final act of defiance of a free man. And takes several of them with them.
And there are some other nice touches, such as the pretty young zoologist who helps them. Doesn’t she? If there are any negatives, it would be the copious amount of bad and vulgar language. But, what can you expect from soldiers being assaulted and murdered by man-eating werewolves?
In all, Dog Soldiers is a very good werewolf movie, that I enjoyed very much. I rate it 3 stars out of 5.
Editorial review of Dog Soldiers courtesy of Amazon.com
This lean, efficient horror flick stands well above most bloated blockbusters. Dog Soldiers follows a military squad on a training mission in the Scottish wilds, where they run into a pack of werewolves. There’s nothing fancy about the plot–the soldiers hole up in a farmhouse and desperately try to fend off the werewolves until dawn–but the script is full of smart dialogue and clever ideas, the direction is dynamic, and the performances (from Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Emma Cleasby, and Liam Cunningham, among a solid cast of relative unknowns) are strong and committed throughout. Dog Soldiers pays homage to Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, and The Evil Dead, among other films, but the references are woven into the fabric of the movie. An unpretentious, tension-inducing flick like this is a pleasant reminder that even crude special effects can be more evocative than expensive computer flashiness. —Bret Fetzer