Macabre...ish Horror Review: Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers, 2002/ 105 min.
This movie begins in the Highlands of Scotland with a couple (Craig Conway and Tina Landini) being slaughtered while camping.
Weeks later, 6 British soldiers are carrying out training exercises in the Highlands against the Special Air Services Unit. The next day, the SAS has been slaughtered and only one man survives but his explanation of what happened is not clear.
But suddenly someone or something is closing in on them fast and a soldier is impaled on a tree as he flees. Sgt. Wells is also attacked but rescued by Cooper, the man who failed to join the Special Forces unit because of his refusal to kill a dog.
During their escape, they are rescued by Megan (Emma Cleasby), a zoologist, and they all take refuge in a nearby house. And those left, Cooper (Kevin McKidd), Wells (Sean Pertwee), Terry, Spoon (Darren Morfitt) and Joe (Chris Robson) with Capt. Ryan (Liam Cunningham), prepare to defend themself after they discover the house is surrounded and their ride has been disabled. Their fight is against werewolves, they have to try to keep them out.
If only they and their ammunition could just last until dawn.
When it looks really bad for them, the remaining soldiers demand answers from Ryan and he explains the mission, to recover a werewolf to study, exploit and use as a weapon. The squad under the guise of a training exercise, was simply meant to be bait.
In a rage, Wells intends to kill Ryan but he changes because his wounds were created by a wolf.
But that is not the last surprise in this house and it’s going to be a long night.
Many of the kills are from the wolf point of view. The cinematography is dark, often close up and POV. The cast is good! The death scenes and effects are good and gory. And the pacing of the story is fast.
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