Doghouse (2009) Review
Written by: BlackTequilaKiss
Doghouse is a misunderstood movie that gains a lot of undeserved criticism for essentially being straight, honest and just plain good old fashioned horror.
There is no hidden message, no twists and turns but simple bloody mayhem.
If you watch this movie with any preconceptions then you might be slightly disappointed, if however you are looking for entertaining horror, then you are in for a treat!
Vince (played by Stephen Graham) is in a state over his bitter divorce; depressed and down in the dumps, however a group of his close mates aren’t going to let him wallow in depression and organise a woman-free weekend to the village of Moodley where the women outnumber the men 4:1.
Very quickly things turn sour when the guys find themselves battling against psychotic, cannibalistic Zombirds who have a craving for one particular thing: them! It comes down to the final fight, Man vs. Woman, who will emerge victorious?
I enjoyed this film, yes it had some minor flaws but as far as low-brow good ole’ blood and gore it is hard to fault.
One thing I disliked about the critique this movie received was the way they typified women and men, the presumption that it was putting women into one category as with the men.
In horror as we all know, anything is game. Anything can be teased, mocked or made fun of. The sexes are in no way different. If a director thinks they are fair game, they themselves will be used as jokes in horror so to state that the movie is, and I quote, ‘degrading to women’ missed the point.
Horror is about pushing the boundaries, about taking simple construct outside of reality and using it as a joke within the movies, this is what Doghouse does and does well. It’s not degrading, it is not trying to laud any message it is simply as it stands and that is horror!
Anyway back to the movie in question,
It is fun.
It’s gory and it’s a good watch.
Danny Dyer is once again one of the main driving forces in this movie and yet I felt his role was greatly underused, this was actually a smart little move. Whilst he can act to some extent there were many other actors in this movie who deserved more attention.
Mikey (played by Noel Clarke), known for his recurring role in Doctor Who, he was a revelation in this and actually took me by surprise. Whilst he had a few lax moments, overall he played well and evidently had fun with his role.
Vince (played by Stephen Graham), you want an underused actor? This is the man. I have not honestly seen him in much else and when he first graced the screen on Doghouse I wondered if he would do anything to change my thoughts. Initially in the beginning he was somewhat of a wallflower but as the movie developed we see a more given character who was a great asset to the movie. The final scene in the bus where he gives the inspiring speech is the pinnacle of this character and the speech itself is funny; a great actor who melded a wonderful role in this film.
Music was perfect! Some lovely classical components and then the Brit music thumping through some of the scenes, it pumped up the tension and got this gal greatly excited.
I admit I loved the look of Moodley it was that typical village. Think ‘28 Days Later’ but with a small budget and you have that sense of fear the boys do when they enter the village. Quiet surrounding them, no one to be seen, then the sight of some truly bloody bodies yet still not knowing the true demeanour of what occurred, it is enough to raise hairs on the back of your neck. The grim, dull surroundings absolutely wonderful and combined with the lack of colour, you know you’ve entered somewhere very different.
The gore and Zombirds? Absolutely brilliant! The women looked truly horrific, the effects designed to change how they looked was beautiful and one of the most underrated aspects of was the Phase 2 stage the women go through. In that one split scene the effects looked remarkably and showed how much effort went into the guise of the infected. Bloody effects were just as fun, if not more.
Guts flayed on the ground, ripped open people, bodies strewn in disgusting fashion. Every bloody moment was done well and the colour looked intense to really bring home how well the effects were done. No complaining this end.
Bottom line? I know Jake West’s Evil Aliens was an acquired taste and not to everyone’s liking but this, I believe, is the breakaway hit. It’s a movie for anyone interested in simple gore, blood and humour. It’s not complicated and is fun. The ending is left open so yes some questions are not completely answered but it doesn’t stop the fun of this movie.
I do recommend this movie a lot. The women’s costumes are GORGEOUS (except for a few of course lol), the blood is fun, the story is coherent and I had a good time watching this. It’s worth seeing and worth adding to a much loved horror collection. Brilliant,
And easily 8/10.