Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bald Mountain Night 17: Dog Soldiers

Each day in October, intrepid blogger Alex Boivin will watch a horror movie. These movies are all new to him and are part of his month-long effort to fill in his gaps in the horror canon. If he doesn't die from fright, you just might get to read about about his exploits in cinema during the Halloween season.

More werewolves! Honestly, werewolves need to come back in a big way. As has been stated before, I am, or at least was, a big werewolf fan, yet my werewolf film familiarity is sorely lacking so this whole project is sort of a godsend in that regard. I think this whole vampire thing that's going on at the movies right now will inevitably be overcome by a booming werewolf fad (and that looks to happen what with the werewolves (see: shirtless Native Americans) in New Moon and the upcoming Wolfman remake. These things happen in cycles so it's inevitable, you know? Underworld was right! There is a never ending war between vampires and werewolves going on!

Today's movie is Dog Soldiers the directorial debut of the Descent's Neil Marshall. If you've seen the Descent, this will all seem pretty familiar, just exchange the British women for British soldiers and the cave-dwelling batboys for werewolves and you've got this movie in a nutshell. This one features Rome's own Lucius Vorenus, Kevin McKidd as a British soldier undergoing a routine training exercise in the Scottish highlands with his unit when they're attacked by werewolves. Like the Descent this one plays off of the dangers of the wilderness and the old reliable Picked Off One By One structure, but you know, with werewolves.

I like Neil Marshall. The Descent is pretty sweet and Doomsday is an underrated homage to Mad Max and Escape From New York. This one's probably his weakest but it's still pretty fun. In a time (2002) when werewolves weren't exactly in fashion, it's good to see a movie dealing with these standbys of monster mythology, even if they're obviously men in cheap werewolf costumes. I just can't wait until the neo-Creature From the Black Lagoon craze starts up.

Final verdict: 44 Congos