DOG SOLDIERS (2002) Reviews and overview


British based company Second Sight Films has announced that 2002 werewolf classic Dog Soldiers, Neil Marshall’s directorial debut, will be next up to receive their Limited Edition Blu-ray treatment (their truly mammoth release of Dawn of the Dead is already out as is Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers). There are no details about special features or a release date yet but the newly-commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon can be seen above.

We will obviously keep you informed as soon as there is further news regarding the Second Sight Blu-ray release. Meanwhile, it has been announced that Vertigo Releasing is issuing Dog Soldiers on 4K Digital on 12th October in a remastered version. Here is the trailer:

Below is our previous coverage of the movie (one of our faves):

Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Neil Marshall (The Reckoning; Hellboy; The Descent) and starring Sean Pertwee (Howl; The Seasoning House; Wilderness), Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby and Liam Cunningham.


A couple is camping in the Scottish Highlands. The woman gives the man a silver letter opener as a present, soon after they are attacked in their tent. Meanwhile, Private Cooper is seen running through a forest in North Wales. He attacks his pursuers but is overwhelmed and wrestled to the ground. It turns out Cooper was trying to join the special forces but fails when he refuses to shoot a dog. He is returned to the unit by Captain Richard Ryan.

Four weeks later, a squad of six regular British Army soldiers, including Cooper, is dropped into the Scottish Highlands. Expecting to carry out a training mission against an SAS unit, they only find their savaged remains. The single survivor, Captain Ryan, makes cryptic references to what attacked them. It is noticed that he has been wounded. Unseen antagonists make their presence known as they attack the troops.

The squad encounters Megan, a zoologist, who takes them to a lonely house. As darkness arrives, the house is surrounded by the attackers: to the soldiers’ incredulity, these are revealed to be werewolves…


” …the werewolves, brought to life by special make-up effects supervisor Dave Bonneywell and his crew, look damn good, and the more we see them, the creepier they become […] combined with a superb cast (especially Sean Pertwee as Sgt. Wells, who, during their first night in the wilderness, tells his men an unforgettable story) and a handful of gory scenes, helped make Dog Soldiers the first truly great werewolf film of the new millennium.” 2,500 Movies Challenge

“As the perfect Friday night movie, Dog Soldiers is full of boisterous energy, some really disgusting moments (Pertwee’s cry of “sausages!” is unforgettable), and some clever-clever genre in-jokes. Clearly low budget British horror is alive and well – if a little sick’.” BBC Films

” …just about the best straight-up, old-school horror film of the last 15 years… bloody and gory and insanely violent.” Boxoffice Magazine

” …some truly memorable scenes including an excellent transformation sequence, great shadow play involving the wolves, plenty of gore and blood, plot twists galore, and an exciting and very tense climax that will keep you with your jaw hanging to the floor. “Dog Soldiers” is a true horror feast, it’s one of the best, coolest, most action-packed horror films in years.” Cinema Crazed

“Director Marshall intelligently creates stress-filled mini-episodes within the larger attack sequences, thus putting multiple characters directly in harm’s way simultaneously. Best of all, the unfortunate soldiers are fending off beautiful looking monsters. Clearly a lot of effort was invested into making the werewolves as scary looking as possible. It is their size that, more than anything else, proves unnerving.” Goomba Stomp

“Nothing particularly startling or conceptually inventive is done with the premise. Rather all that director Neil Marshall does is gets in there and shoots, bangs and splatters his show at a fast and satisfying pace. The climactic scenes where the werewolves do finally break into the house are particularly well sustained, and the film rarely ever slows down elsewhere.” Moria

” …it’s too obviously Night of the Living Dead with (very tall) werewolves. Also, the squaddies are largely interchangeable, with only Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd making much of an impression. On the other hand, it has some enjoyable shocks and the monsters are suitably savage, wisely kept in the shadows (bright lights would have shown up the low budget).” The Spinning Image

“From its grisly preface to its unrelenting, overcooked finale, Neil Marshall’s very violent, very funny horror comedy bristles with fierce energy. Bloody, and bloody good.” Total Film


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Dog Soldiers delivers the goods for horror fans despite its lacking in blood and slick-looking creature effects, and I think even many moviegoers who don’t like horror movies will appreciate it for its intelligence and its effective use of humor.” The Unknown Movies

“Image’s werewolf costumes are terrific; steering clear of both hairy-bloke-with-claws and full lupine transformation. Instead, the design harks back to medieval woodcuts of a human figure with a wolf’s head, making these werewolves as distinctive as they are frightening. Dog Soldiers is a genuinely scary movie.” MJ Simpson, Urban Terrors: New British Horror Cinema

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“The early scenes of the soldiers battling werewolves are the best. Once they make their stand in the farmhouse, the flick becomes Night of the Living Werewolves, the pacing slows down, and the whole thing kinda grinds to a halt. Some of the gore isn’t bad (there’s a cool head ripping scene), but I can’t say I was a fan of the werewolf make-up.” The Video Vacuum

” …a debut film to be proud of that might not add anything new to the genre but is nonetheless a fast-paced, exciting and bloody ride spiced with just the right amount of humor. You might forget it a week or two later, but while you’re watching it you’ll be anything but disappointed.” A Wasted Life

Cast and characters;
Sean Pertwee … Sergeant Harry G. Wells
Kevin McKidd … Private Cooper
Emma Cleasby … Megan
Liam Cunningham … Captain Ryan
Thomas Lockyer … Corporal Bruce Campbell
Darren Morfitt … ‘Spoon’ Witherspoon
Chris Robson … Private Joe Kirkley
Leslie Simpson … Private Terry Milburn
Tina Landini … Camper
Craig Conway … Camper
Villrikke’s Acer … Sam the Dog
Bryn Walters … Werewolf
Ben Wright … Werewolf
Brian Claxton Payne … Werewolf

Filming locations:

Glen Affric, Highland, Scotland (second unit)
Luxembourg (forest scenes)

Technical details:

105 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Fun Facts:

The film contains homages to H.G. Wells (Sean Pertwee’s character) and films The Evil DeadZuluAliensThe Matrix and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.

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