Dog Soldiers (2002)

Plot Overview

A group of British soldiers are in the Scottish Highlands on a training exercise. After finding a bloody campsite and one wounded survivor, they escape and come across a zoologist, Megan, who knows what is hunting them – werewolves. Shacking up in a small house, they prepare for the long night ahead.

Review

This is another old favourite of mine, and it was still great. Having now been to the Scottish highlands, it kind of added to the experience as well.

I’m not a huge fan of werewolf movies, and this is one of the best ones. It’s suspenseful, funny and well-paced. There is quite a bit of waiting involved, which helps with the intense atmosphere. When the werewolves do arrive, we mostly just see glimpses and while the effects are good (thanks to the use of body suits instead of CGI), they are much creepier in the dark.

The acting is uniformally strong. Kevin McKidd is a good lead and all the characters are believable and you are invested in their lives.

Summary

This is a very entertaining, atmospheric horror movie which doesn’t rely on cheap scares, but having a solid cast and the right intensity to create a great horror film.

Rating: 8/10

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