Under the Radar – Dog Soldiers

Werewolf fans have it rough. It’s so easy to cite classic zombie and vampire films that even a lot of non-horror fans could probably compile a passable list. As to werewolves, people tend to remember little beyond The Wolfman, An American Werewolf in London, and The Howling. Rather astoundingly, one of the most recent entertaining films starring this classic movie monster debuted in the U.S. on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002.

Dog Soldiers is a strange little entity. Set in Scotland, a squad of British soldiers is sent on a training mission only to find the rival team massacred save for a single survivor. The danger still unseen, the group begins to suffer attacks and retreats with its wounded, bumping into a passerby on the road who offers them refuge in an isolated cottage.

Dog Soldiers is one of those rare horror films that revels in just how damn fun it can be. The characters are far more likable than a lot of their ilk (particularly a soldier named Spoon, who easily has the most epic bordering on hilarious scene in the movie), lacing the fast-paced action scenes with some genuinely funny (and appropriately coarse) dialogue. The special effects look surprisingly good given the limits of the two million dollar budget and make the monsters a hell of a lot more intimidating with suits and makeup than CG has ever managed to do.

So, if you’re looking for something equal parts fun and scary to make a couple hours go by quick, go look this one up. This really is a film that deserves a place up there with the best in its sub-genre.


About prutigli

Patrick Rutigliano grew up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies. Making his first sale to Permuted press in 2007, he has since placed stories with several publications in addition to his first collection, Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room. The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy is his first independent release. During his off time, Patrick can usually be found attempting to recreate foreign cuisine, sacrificing cardboard to his cats, and having spirited debates with his wife over the failings of Disney villains.
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