Dog Soldiers

  • 15
  • Neil Marshall (2001)
  • UK / Lux
  • 100 min
Dog Soldiers
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Don't be disheartened by the British film industry's dismal record with horror movies - this is as scary, funny and exhilarating as any Hollywood fright-fest of recent years. Its set-up is simple - a bunch of jaded British soldiers on weekend manoeuvres (and hence with limited live ammunition) stumble across the scene of a savage werewolf attack and hightail it to a secluded farmhouse, battling to make it through till dawn against wave after wave of lupine assaults. This is a quite sensational debut from writer/director Neil Marshall, which explodes into life in the first 20 minutes and rarely pauses for breath. Anchored by sturdy performances from Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham, this low-budget film showcases Marshall's remarkable technical prowess, with knockout monster make-up (impressive even in full view), potent sound mixing and fluid camerawork. The knowing humour combined with gruesome gore adds further layers of entertainment, creating what is arguably the best genre crowd-pleaser since the Scream series.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd and Liam Cunningham. A squad of soldiers on manoeuvres in the Scottish Highlands makes a grisly discovery and becomes the target of predators.

Cast and crew


Sgt Harry Wells
Sean Pertwee
Lawrence Cooper
Kevin McKidd
Capt Richard Ryan
Liam Cunningham
Emma Cleasby
Darren Morfitt
Joe Kirkley
Chris Robson
Terry Milburn
Leslie Simpson
Thomas Lockyer


Neil Marshall

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 10 May 2002
Certificate 15