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Doghouse (2009) – Review

Zombie films are everywhere lately and the craze does not seem to want to stop in the cinema and on TV. Doghouse, made in 2009 is a funny and very British and politically incorrect spin on the undead and how a group of men have to fight to survive.

A group of men, heading to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce, soon discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals. Yes, that’s the plot in a nutshell and it does not take long for the gory action to start. All the men are either not good with women, sexist towards all women or just suffering from a split up, they all decide to have a lad’s weekend away in the country and relive their youth.

But things go bad as soon as they arrive at the small village and are soon attacked by the flesh-eating zombies. But what seems strange to them is that all those with this plague are women, who have all been infected by an airborne toxin. Now they have to survive these man-hating creatures and try and get away before they all get killed.

This is a Saturday boys’ night-in film if ever there was one. The cast is good, Danny Dyer is his usual cockney self, but he is ably supported by well-known British actors such as Noel Clarke and Stephen Graham. The humour works well most of the time, such as all the men have the Match of the Day theme as their ringtone on their mobile phones which causes much confusion and one of the men is so obsessed with collectable items he has found in an abandoned toy shop he forgets what serious trouble they are in. The gore is very strong at times but the humour takes away any shock value it may have. If you go into the film knowing what to expect then you will have a lot of fun with it. Sure it’s no Shaun of the Dead but it has enough gore and laughs to keep you entertained through its short running time.

The film is available on a low-priced Blu-ray and serves the film fine with a nice transfer.

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