Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DOGHOUSE



DOGHOUSE (2009)
UK
Directed By Jake West

CAST:
Stephen Graham - Vince
Danny Dyer - Neil
Noel Clarke - Mikey

PLOT:

Vince is handling his divorce badly. He's depressed. Gone to pieces. But his mates aren't giving up on him. Struggling with their own women troubles, they drag him off for an ultimate lads drinking weekend in the country  to the village of Moodley where the women outnumber the men 3:1. To bad they're all zombies!

REVIEW:

Well I must say I wasn't expecting anything amazing out of the movie and that pretty much held true all the way through. That's not the say the movie was bad, just, above average. While the acting wasn't terrible it wasn't the best either. Danny Dyer's Neil was the best character in the movie and you could tell he had fun with his role as a womanizer who has no respect for women except for when he was about to be eaten by them. The same can be said for Noel Clarke's Mikey. The rest of the actors just didn't have the same grasp of the characters....or you can also say they weren't written as well. Which is more than likely is what happened.  I think why had a problem with this movie more than anything else were the giant plot holes and plots that were introduced that went nowhere. Like why was the Mayor helping the military and where was she hiding at? What exactly was in the woods that was so bad? And why were the "Zombirds" piling up all the dead male corpses underground and for what purpose?

Now the reason why I said the above is because this is a zombie comedy. While there are scenes in the movie that stand out more than others, most are just there. It was shot nicely which is much more than I expected, but it still just wasn't enough to pull the movie out of your average horror movie zone into something like Shaun Of The Dead funny. There were scenes where I laughed out loud, but most of the time I was just waiting for something to die. Which is pretty much few and far between.

The one bright spot except Dyer in this movie were the special effect. It was almost all practical in camera effects (which goes along way in movies to me). The "Zombirds" all looked different and unique, but were made from cookie cutter classes. The nerd, the granny, the butcher. You get the idea. But the gore effects where there were some was spot on and didn't let me down.

If you're looking for something non-involving where you can watch it and laugh a couple times (you might laugh more than I did) it's good for a quick watch and to forget about it after. It might even be better while drinking. So if you want to watch this movie, watch it with a group of friends and enjoy the company cause it will probably make the movie better.

BEST DEATH:

Machete to the Colonel's head. I must say I laughed at this part.

BEST LINES:

Now you decide to shoot something, you fucking monkey's arse ring!
I had one bullet left. I was saving it for when I really needed it.
...you're still a twat!

The whole village has gone to the Dark Side!

FUN FACTS:

Dan Schaffer created the comic book DOGWITCH.

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