Directed by Neil Marshall, starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd and Liam Cunningham and Emma Cleasby.
After a long hiatus without a werewolf movie, two come along just months apart. While girls just wanted to be werewolves in last year's blood and eyeliner flick 'Ginger Snaps', ‘Dog Soldiers' is one for the boys. Neil Marshall, who wrote, edited and directed the film had a budget of just £3.5 million to create this horror flick with bite. The scene is set when an elite squad of soldiers are sent to rural Scotland for routine skirmish training. They're cold, hungry and missing the England v Germany game. Sitting around a campfire armed only with blanks and fake grenades, a half-eaten animal corpse lands at their feet and their nightmare begins.
Survival of the fittest becomes a priority when they realise they are not alone in the woods. They encounter Ryan, a Special Services officer (Liam Cunningham) whose team has been decimated by the wolves. Despite his rescue, he is uncooperative and harbours a dark secret that may put all the men in peril. Enter Megan (Emma Cleasby), a zoologist who has been studying the mysterious creatures who helps the squad to an apparent safe house. A tense stand-off between the soldiers and the werewolves begin with bloody consequences.
Starring Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd as the strongarms of the squad, there is plenty of gore throughout and many scenes to shut your eyes at. On the flipside, it's fun, feisty and filled with snippets of dark humour. The plot requires the audience to suspend disbelief and we are literally kept in the dark until the end. For such a small budget, the actual creatures and special effects are realistically scary, borrowing imagery from fairy-tales. The frequent gut-spilling sequences are gruesome at first but become a tad laughable after a while. This is a commendable addition to the werewolf genre that doesn't take itself too seriously.