Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dog Soldiers (2002)

So yesterday Nancy and I were both feeling like we needed a break from work. She had just finished an academic conference that she helped plan and execute and I was working on another revision of my IRB proposal. Now, if you don't know what an "IRB proposal" is, then please allow me to congratulate you on your good fortune and superior wisdom. If you do know what this is then you certainly have my most heart-felt and sincere condolences. In any event, suffice it to say that both Nancy and I were feeling spent and we needed a break from the usual joys, rigors and tribulations of academia; in short, we needed some mind-numbing, non-productive, time-wasting, potato chip-munching, vacuous escapist schlock-fest movie watching! So we popped Dog Soldiers into the DVD player and got down to it! I found this movie at the local Wal-Fart for $7.50--a little expensive for the usual schlock fare--and it delivered. Kudos to Mr. Roper for the recommendation!

A band of British soldiers, stationed in Scotland, is dispatched deep into a remote forest to participate in war games. They soon stumble on the remains of a rival team and realize that something is amiss.

"Who ordered the liver?"

Suddenly, it becomes apparent that they are not the only ones hunting in the woods.

That ain't a gorilla in the mist!

Fleeing the mysterious masters of murder and mayhem, the soldiers hole-up in a fortuitous and recently abandoned farmhouse. They soon get a few visitors.

Avon Lady!

Something, not human nor animal but all deadly, has followed the squad and they ain't havin' any!

Sit Ubu sit! Good dog!

Dawn is only a few hours away but time is short as the soldiers fight for their lives! Ooooh! Scary!

This is one of the best werewolf movies I have seen. The dialogue is great (there are some truly funny lines throughout the movie), the special effects are fairly realistic, and the fight scenes are all good. What truly sets it apart, however, is the movie really sets and keeps an eerie mood throughout that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this film if you love horror and/or werewolf flicks; it is worth buying to watch and re-watch for years to come.

Rating: 4.5 Bites out of 5

-Safari Bob

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