Monday, November 7, 2011

#448. Doghouse (2009)

Directed By: Jake West

Starring: Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke, Emil Marwa

Tag line: "The battle of the sexes just got bloody..."

Trivia:  This film was shot in West Sussex, England

If you're a fan of British humor, zombie flicks, or high doses of gory kills, then you'll definitely want to check out director Jake West's 2009 horror / comedy, Doghouse.!   Seriously, don't let another day go by. This movie is F-U-N.

To help their good buddy, Vince (Stephen Graham), get over his recent divorce, six friends - Neil (Danny Dyer), Mikey (Noel Clarke), Graham (Emil Marwa), Matt (Lee Ingleby), Patrick (Keith-Lee Castle), and Banksy (Neil Maskell) - drag him off to the small village of Moodley for a guys-only weekend. According to Mikey, who grew up in Moodley, the women outnumber the men there 4 to 1, but on this particular day, those odds won't work in their favor. That's because the entire female population of Moodley has been transformed into snarling, bloodthirsty zombies, searching for a fresh meal anywhere they can find it. With their backs against the wall, these 7 friends must now do something that goes against their very nature: clear out of town without drawing the attention of the opposite sex.

Doghouse focuses on humor in its early scenes, where we're introduced to both the main characters and their significant others, none of whom are particularly happy to see their husbands and boyfriends off on a guys-only outing. Each of the friends deals with the strife in their own way (Mikey, knowing in advance how his wife would react, took the liberty of gluing her wedding ring to her finger so she couldn't take it off and throw it at him). Despite the resistance they face, the men win this early battle of the sexes, and set off for their fun-filled weekend with a renewed vigor. 

But this was all just a prelude to the real fight ahead, and no amount of bickering or domestic unrest could have prepared them for the chaos they'd face once in Moodley. The women they encounter there are a frightening bunch, crazed and homicidal, and the make-up effects that turn these lovely ladies into walking psychotics is damned impressive (though they never speak, each one has a distinct personality, like the witch, played by Nicola Jane Reading, who brandishes a broadsword, or the hairdresser, played by Emily Booth, a pro with a pair of scissors). 

 The only thing more impressive than the monstrous appearance of Moodley's females is the carnage they bring. Doghouse is one bloody mess of a film, and I have a feeling you'll be as surprised as I was by the level of gore. While looking for a place to hide, the guys stumble upon a military officer (Billy Murray) tied to a wall, his entire torso ripped to shreds. Barely alive, he's able to spout off a quick warning before being finished off by an ax-wielding bride (Victoria Hopkins), who splits his skull in half.

Striking the perfect balance between laughs and chills, Doghouse is a rollicking good time.

1 comment:

ThePop CornPreacher said...

It's a really good review I can tell you enjoyed the film but I saw this on netflix and am afraid I cannot agree with you. It is an horrendous film, with more gore than sense and an incredibly lack lister narrative. While the beginning and they'd are quite well done I felt the main body of the film was incredibly weak with a really poor excuse for a narrative. If you want an awesome Brit zombie film I would always recommend Shaun of the dead it is one of the best. Thanks for the review good to hear a different view on this.