Dog Soldiers (2002)
Director: Neil Marshall
Main Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby
Storyline: In Scotland a military exercise turns out to be a hunting ground for werewolves
Review (Spoils): Campfire stories tell tales of about haunting of beasts in the Scotland area but a British Squad ignore them to find out they might be true. They come across bloody remains of past squads and they start to be hunted down. This leads them to run into a zoologist named Megan (Emma Cleasby). She knows well what is hunting them, its werewolves.
These werewolves are blood thirsty as we have branch impaling, bites, cows flying, heads flying, explosions and some good werewolf times. Bringing out the gore and blood in this one, this is action packed for a werewolf film. There is a couple classic scenes in this film such as the dog fight for his intestines and the of course the flying cow. The effects even for the werewolves themselves are not bad overall.
Rating: This is one of the better werewolf films out there; I personally place this one along with Ginger Snaps for this era. It’s no American Werewolf in London but it will survive the test of time for werewolf films in horror. Grab some pints and cook up some sausages as this is a fun film all around.
The Descent (2005)
Director: Neil Marshall
Main Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone
Storyline: Six women going on a caving expedition to bond and they become trapped with a strange breed of man eating predators.
Review (Spoils): Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) comes home from white water rafting with her family and they all die in the accident but her. A year later she tries to regroup her life with her female friends and they go caving. Six young beautiful women go into the booze to drink and enjoy nature. Their main guide Juno (Natalie Mendoza) does not bring the map and leads them all into a death trap by accident (by the way she was screwing with Sarah’s husband). The ladies become trapped in the caves and to top it off they are slowly being hunted one by one by a group of pale vampire man beasts that live in the caves.
We got blood in this one, nasty bites, a really brutal broken leg, a climbing hook through the head, some ripping and eating of innards. The film has some beautiful scenery (the ladies and the nature); the bonding is well done between the ladies and the movie does build well on suspense.
Rating: I really enjoyed this film; this is what horror movies are to be about. Not teenage crap over and over again. This was fresh and different and it did not need the nudity for it to work. Bring out the blood and the babes for this one!