Film Review: Dog Soldiers


Name: Dog Soldiers
Country: UK
Release Date: 2002
Director: Neil Marshall
Writer: Neil Marshall
Actos: Sean Pertwee (Sgt. Harry G. Wells), Kevin McKidd (Pvt. Cooper), Liam Cunningham (Captain Ryan)

A band of British Soldiers are sent to the Scottish Highlands on special training manoeuvres. Their biggest worry being their missing the game. Things take the ruen for the worst when they stumble upon Captain Ryan who seems to be the only survivor of a Special Operations Team, but won’t disclose what the mission was. They eventually find out that they are not alone in the Highlands and whatever took out Captain Ryan’s team were hungry for seconds.


You know that film that sounds incredibly naff but you watch it you immediately put it in your ‘favourite movie’ collection? Dog Soldiers is that film for me. I’m not sure if any of you seen this British Horror but if you love a good slasher horror then Dog Soldiers is definitely the film for you!!

This film is a slow burner, it doesn’t really kick in until the 25 minute mark and their being chased by a pack of 6ft tall wolves! The pace of the plot is steady throughout and the plto twist at the end is great! Your rooting of everyone and you really do feel for the characters and sympathise with their dire situation, even with their slight flaws.


The acting is solid throughout and everyone gives it their all. They take their part seriously, even when some situations are slightly far fetched. The film is ridiculous in some parts but the acting and how serious everyone takes their role keeps you watching. The relationship all the characters have with each other is acted so brilliantly. They all seem to care so deeply about each other. The relationship Cooper has with that dog is just adorable!

This film I found adrenaline rushing!! Even though it’s completely ridiculous!! It has so many ‘edge at your seat’ moments, and they have so many narrowing escapes. The film does have it’s relaxed moments, in-between each night. But each night means less ammo and the film revives it itself with even more intensity! Each night becomes more intense and will guarantee to get the heart racing!


There is plenty of gore to go around in this film. And it’s incredibly graphic. Definitely not for the faint hearted. When the dog is pulling on his intestines I do squirm in my seat. Must have hurt. A lot.

When I think British Film I immediately think of Bridget Jones Diary, Rocknrolla or Notting Hill so this stands out of the cloud of being ‘out there’ in British Film. It’s made me interested in seeing what other British slasher horrors are out there, and to if they are just as far fetched as this film.

I really do highly recommend this film to you. It’s bonkers and I absolutely love it. I’ve watched it so many times since I watched it last Halloween for the first time and I never get tired of it.