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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

[6.50/10] Doghouse (2009)


Doghouse (2009)

It's no "Shaun of Dead", but Jake West's sexist zombie flick "Doghouse" is funny, gory, enormously entertaining and cleverly-written, and last but not least, it never takes itself seriously. This film is literally a battle between the sexes in the funniest possible way. The story revolves around a group of old friends, who after traveling to a remote village for a weekend of drunken debauchery and male bonding, come under attack from the women of the village, who have turned into bloodthirsty cannibals as the result of a top-secret biological warfare experiment carried out by the army. This is Jake's biggest production so far and the bigger budget certainly shows through in the quality of the movie. The zombie make-up effects are excellent, as are the gore effects, and the settings of Moodley village are quite nice and atmospheric. The film moves along at a brisk pace, with sarcasm and wry humor, and there's rarely a dull moment. Schaffer's script is witty and knowing enough, and it makes "Doghouse" enjoyable, aided by the overall solidness and enthusiastic performances from everyone involved. The cast are surprisingly good in their roles, and look like they had fun making the film. Although the characters are a bunch of morons, I found them quite likable and sympathetic, and I actually cared about them. Although silly and often ridiculous, "Doghouse" is wildly over-the-top horror/comedy with just the right amount of witty humor and delightful blood-splattering horror, to satisfy your inner horror geek.

  • My Rating: 6.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 45% (4.6/10)
  • IMDb: 6.1/10

2 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Why this remind me a lot with Shaun of the Dead?
But looking at the director and cast, also judging on the trailer, i believe this is a truly entertaining one :)

Nebular said...

It reminded me a lot of Shaun of the Dead as well. Not as good though. But almost as funny. :)

You should check it out, Jaccsy. You might like it ;) Do you want me to give you an URL? :)

It was also an official selection at the 2010 "Fantasia Film Festival" in Montreal.