Yes. That is a human heart on the end of your knife.
Neil Marshall‘s DOG SOLDIERS (2002) is a British horror film about a family of werewolves who nearly took out an entire platoon of soldiers–except for one tedious detail–they were blown to pieces. Set in the Scottish Highlands, a group of military soldiers out for tactics training found themselves in a bitter fight for survival. They were attacked in the woods by an unknown assailant who ripped to pieces another squadron leaving only one survivor, Capt. Ryan (Liam Cunningham, i.e. Davos Seaworth from HBO Game of Thrones) of the attack. This survivor mumbled out loud that there was only supposed to be “one” of something that attacked him and his men. Due to the bloodied guts and entrails surrounding his nearly mangled body, it did not take long for the other company of soldiers to meet up with their unseen antagonists.
Here, is where the film starts to gain some momentum–Megan (Emma Cleasby) shows up in her all terrain vehicle and tell these soldiers to get into her jeep. With all those creatures running around and slaughtering everyone in their path, it was suspicious to see her just ride up at precisely the right time and guess what? She takes them to an old cottage in the middle of the same woods where they were just attacked. Then, were attacked again in the old cottage where they all find out that it is werewolves that are attacking them. By this time, more of the platoon is dead, and now there are two soldiers–Capt. Ryan and Sgt. Harry G. Wells (Sean Pertwee) who are injured. It is now up to a reluctant soldier Pvt. Cooper (Kevin McKidd) to save everyone.
Dog Soldiers turned out to be a huge disappointment despite all the hype surrounding the film. The biggest problem I have with the film is the excessive dialogue. Between all the shooting and entrails looting there was this incessant chatter and horrendous one liners. In addition, these are supposed to be werewolves–why on earth were they still “in lycan form” during the day time? Overall, the film hugely suffered from lack of a good script/plot development, low-grade special effects, and the severe cases of overacting.
Not scary at all.
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