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4.0 out of 5 stars A horrifically fun lampooning of the battle of the sexes
I'll state right from the word go what is glaringly obvious in that "Doghouse", the latest film from British horror movie director Jake West won't win any awards for being original or innovative. More to the point he may not curry favour with the feminist brigade as it might definitely be safe to say that when it is all said and done that It undoubtedly would be accused...
Published on 10 Jun. 2010 by Mr. R. Mcelwaine

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2.0 out of 5 stars Women love you....
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.

Arriving in the village of Moodley where the women outnumber the men 3:1, the boys find themselves holidaying in a village overrun...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A horrifically fun lampooning of the battle of the sexes, 10 Jun. 2010
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Mr. R. Mcelwaine "Bobislost" (Clydebank, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I'll state right from the word go what is glaringly obvious in that "Doghouse", the latest film from British horror movie director Jake West won't win any awards for being original or innovative. More to the point he may not curry favour with the feminist brigade as it might definitely be safe to say that when it is all said and done that It undoubtedly would be accused as being misogynistic. After all a movie where six male friends organise a lads night out in a remote English village to help a fellow pal and now divorcée get over their marriage ending, only to find them selves savagely set upon by the female population which have some genetically mutated in to man eating cannibals. You know It's hardly going to be a film that promotes better harmony and understanding between the two sexes. Coupled with the fact that one of the main protagonists played by ever rough and ready Danny Dyer as a cocky, bear swilling sexist misogynist who fancies himself as something of a ladies man. It doesn't take a genius to realise that West may be treading on thin ice were it not for the fact for all It's arguably contentious material it's a pretty infectious, tongue in cheek horror comedy that makes no bones about where It's intention lie.

Rather than demonise woman it serves to lampoon the ultimately futile, inanity of the war of the sexes. Neither the men nor the woman depicted in the movie are necessarily depicted in an entirely favourable light and while the majority of the woman seen have unwittingly been transformed in to flesh eating monstrosities they in fairness can't be faulted for their imposed blood lust. Ultimately and without giving too much away the blame for the virus that has genetically altered them is revealed to be partially if not entirely placed on feminine shoulders. While the six friends who organised the getaway trip's spouses/girlfriends with the exception of one who is gay(who's partner may as well be a woman) in their brief appearances are seen to be nothing more than moaning, winging harpes. Misogynistic you might think but can also can be indicative of their poor judgement and possible idiocy when they thought they had chosen their ideal respective mates.

But for all of this and the misfortune that befalls our heroes (or all be it anti-heroes if depending on how you want to look at it) at the hands or should I say claws of the genetically augmented females. And with male protagonists who also consist of a stereotypically obsessive comic book geek as well as Dyers Misogynist they're the hedonistic labels that are commonly placed on men rather than women. Although it's to screenwriter Dan Schaffer's credit (as well as the actors) that for all of the faults of the majority of the characters you find yourself genuinely caring about what happens to them.

Out of the cast only three are relatively well known with Stephen Graham, of course Danny Dyer and Noel Clarke (most renowned for playing Mickey Smith in BBC's "Doctor Who") while the rest of the male pack along with the rest of the ensemble are ultimately rather obscure names. Dyer's Neil is hardly a large step for Dyer as an actor who seems to have carved out a niche for playing cockney wide boys and reminiscent of his previous role as Steve in Brit Horror flick "Severance" finally never the less effortlessly manages to tickle your funny bone so much so that you can't help but falling in love with the sexist imbecile. Graham a wonderful Liverpudlian actor most recognised perhaps for his roles in "Snatch" and the BBC's gritty domestic drama "The Street" plays the recently divorced Vince and is arguably the outright leader of the group who brings the necessary down to earth level headed charm who inwardly convinces the audience that he's something of a ticking time bomb of emotions. While Noel Clarke while decent as Mikey seems to be playing a character not too far from his (similarly named) Mickey Smith personae in a certain British science fiction show. The rest of the cast offer solid support with little known Terry Stone cropping up as the obligatory Sgt. Gavin Wright who's ultimately a hackneyed walking talking plot device utilised to push forward the story's unoriginal but fun plot. With former "Emmerdale" star and pin up Adele Silva appearing very briefly as well as former "Classic Doctor Who" actress Mary Tamm as a local politician.

Comparisons of course are going to be lay-ed at the film's door with the more polished "Shaun of the Dead" and invites immediate comparisons although unlike the misfire that was 2008's flat offering "The Cottage" which served to send up the slasher movie genre. "Doghouse" get's by on it's charm along with it's kinetic pace and knowing well placed intelligent digs at both sexes. Flawed though it undoubtedly is and perhaps maybe even rough around the edges and not quite as sublime and clever as it would like to think it is, Schaffer's script is still witty and knowing enough so that the film is never the less enjoyable and aided by the overall solidness and enthusiastic performances. Wallowing in the whole comedic clichéd nonsense of it all. Although the film's final act does appear to begin to arguably get too heavy handed and begins to grate while the ultimate denouement is a tad weird, perhaps because Schaffer was left stuck with how to wrap it up and I'm guessing due to budgetary restrictions that West was forced to deal with it still makes for a slightly more polished and entertaining film than I might have envisioned. What other film could have latex bond-aged mutant females as well as the disgustingly over weight of flesh eaters which could be accused of degrading woman and manage to get away with it?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hell hath no fury and all that..., 21 Jun. 2013
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Danny Dyer and some mates go on a lads weekend and end up in a village where all the women have got infected with some sort of crazy zombie plague. A slightly different take on the zombie genre adding in this battle of the sexes twist, but not enough to make it really stand out as ground breaking. It is however a good laugh with plenty of comedy gore. Not life changing by any means but good for a night in with a few mates who also like zombie movies, and a few drinks. I like it even though it is not the best film ever made, it's good fun.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Women love you...., 16 May 2015
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.

Arriving in the village of Moodley where the women outnumber the men 3:1, the boys find themselves holidaying in a village overrun by psychotic, homicidal Zombirds with a thirst for male flesh....

There has to be some sort of hidden message in this film. Could it be, treat women better, because at the start of the film, the majority of the men are really not nice to the fairer sex, could it be, don't try to rehash 'Shaun of the dead' with men of the moment stars on a limited budget. Or could it be, please do not let Jake West make anymore bad films???

These questions need to be answered, as this film is silly, unfunny, and misogynistic beyond belief.

obviously on the strength of Wrights and Peggs 2004 genius movie, they have gone for the blokes down the boozer movie path. and it's rotten.

Unfortunately for the film, it starts off quite well, with good introductions to all the characters, but as soon as one characters alarm goes off and instead of pressing snooze, he sticks his finger into a curry, you know the makers are going for toilet humour. And they don't let you down.

The cast are okay in their roles, and look like they had fun making the film, but the narrative just doesn't gel, and it turns into a strange mish mash of comedy, horror, and drama.

It doesn't work, and it goes from bad to worse.

If you love the Brit flicks 'Sex lives of the potato men' and guest house paradiso' you'll love this.

It's a shame, because with the acting talent, and the premise, it could have been a good camp film.

It's boring instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A simple plot, but definatly full off laughs., 15 April 2012
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Well its starts off introducing the characters theres seven guys, each with their own problems and you get a quick glimpse of there morning. You get a really good feel towards them all as there all funny, stupid or unlucky. They to go out to a small town to get pissed up and help there mate get over his divorce, they encounter some wierd roadkill along the way thats been part eaten but carry on anyway. The town itself is full of zombie like woman and the cast just take the piss out of them to begin with but it quickly gets into the gore and prosthetics, which is done really well.

This film starts so funny alot of black humour is involved throughout and some great laugh out loud moments. Its one of those British must see horrors like Dog Soldiers style of filming and is definatly an enjoyable watch. Not a horror for someone looking for something serious but each zombie encounter gets better and better. (mutation phase 2!) lol. Rent it if youre uncertain tho.
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4.0 out of 5 stars its corny but great., 8 Jun. 2014
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this is a typical danny dyer humour film, the story is corny and unreal, but i haven't laughed so much watching a brit flick for a long time, women zombies and even a zombie granny with a zimmer, and when the fat bird zombie ties him up and he(danny) tries to come on to her to save his skin it cracked me up, this film is worth a watch any time but dont expect the tough guy film from danny or terry stone and the other usual suspects in these brit flick films it is a good laugh, i enjoyed it and would recommend it. A1
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barmy 'killer women' action horror - fun and funny, 28 Aug. 2010
This film is heavily influenced by it's two main elements - Jake West's bonkers manic/pervy/comic/violent style, and the attitude you expect from a good Danny Dyer flick - an 'all blokes together, birds and violence' blokey approach. I went in expecting a 'Severance' level of genius and as a result I was a bit disappointed, but after adjusting to the difference in tone I realised this is a film that you enjoy on its own terms. When Danny's 'Neil' and friends decide to escape from the city to help a friend get over his divorce, they plan to head for a village where the women vastly outnumber the men in order to party their woes away. Unfortunately the village has fallen foul of a mysterious plague, and the women are all - literally - maneaters. Naturally the lads end up trapped, and fighting for their lives and to discover what went on in the ravaged village.
It's a brilliantly fun idea, and instead of playing it for real horror, West plays it for campness and laughs. 'Sexy' zombie/vamp women drool blood and chase the panicked guys around, and West even has the comedy balls to have flocks of rabid women chasing a remote control car in one of the scripts funniest scenes. That's not to say he forgets the gore. West enjoys going over the top, and there are many scenes with claret and entrails flying left right and centre, usually in a 'so disgusting it's funny' manner. Moments when the men start to feel superior again are usually slapped down with well timed comic irony or a brilliantly judged gag, and very little of the humour is anything short of madcap and thoroughly enjoyable.
I didn't notice any great benefit from seeing this in Blu-Ray, but I imagine that it's at least noticeably better than on DVD as I remember the images being impressive and the sound having great impact despite the film's 'low to mid-budget' status.
Sometimes the plague-women makeup was a little too deliberately crazy-looking to the degree that it looked a bit fake, but that kind of thing seems to be due to West's deliberately excessive style, and it didn't harm the movie. Some of the set pieces and gore are also very well handled and painfully convincing.
This is very much a 'blokes on a lark' caper, and while the beginning reeks of misogynism, this seems to be a deliberate excess to contrast with the women getting their revenge and roundly kicking the blokes' backsides for the majority of the movie. It's very silly, very funny, and very gory. Just don't go in expecting a 'serious' horror movie, or you'll be very disappointed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boy's night in, 29 Oct. 2009
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Some reviews of this film in the press have described it as mysogynistic, presumably because the bad 'guys' are all women but I have to disagree with this view. Yes the homicidal zombies are all women but that's the story line and if they weren't then it would be just another zombie black comedy. The same reviewers described it as an excuse to show violence against women but the first time our 'heroes' meet one of the women the try to save her from a soldier who is trying to kill her and from then on most of the violence is being dished out to them by the women and they are desperately trying to defend themselves. The female characters are on the whole de-characterised so they are female monsters not women, the one we can associate with; their coach driver, is dealt with almost sympathetically. I love women and if I thought this film was mysogynistic I wouldn't have watched it. What it is is a stupid black comedy in the vein of 'Lesbian Vampire Killers' without the sexual exploitation and ideal for a boy's night in. Nowhere near as good as 'Sean of the Dead' but watchable all the same.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who Let the Sexists Out?, 17 Oct. 2011
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Any British zombie comedy is going to have to realise pretty early on in their production schedule that `Shaun of the Dead' will loom over them like a giant undead rom-zom-com. On the surface `Doghouse' appears to be a pretty straightforward `Shaun' rip off - a bunch of slacker blokes get attacked by zombies in a quaint English way. However, whilst `Shaun' went for the intelligent approach, `Doghouse' is far more laddie and akin to the soon to be forgotten Loaded generation.

The basic set up of `Doghouse' is a bunch of mates end up in a small village were all the woman have turned into zombies. These men are forced to exterminate said women whilst basking in slightly sexist banter. Although that sounds pretty awful, the cast are just able to pull it off. Danny Dyer plays the loathsome Neil and for once it is good to hate him. The rest of the cast if populated by decent British character actors; the best being Lee Ingleby as the nerdy Matt. If you stop to think why a bunch of diverse men would ever hang out together the film falls to pieces, best to just allow it to wash over you.

As a low budget film the special effects are not great, but do have a certain charm. The entire film is set within one small village, but director Jake West does a good job of using the limited space to its maximum. There are several set pieces that are genuinely good fun. `Doghouse' is by no means as bad as you would suspect from the sexist looking trailer etc. but the stench of chauvinism does hang so that you always feel a little uncomfortable watching it. Its disregard for female characters will mean that few women will watch and enjoy this film, but for a bloke who likes a guilty pleasure once in a while, there are more than a few laughs on offer in this film.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, funny and very enjoyable!., 12 Aug. 2010
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This was quite an enjoyable film, much funnier and faster-paced than I expected, and with a sharper brand of humour - at least far more than I'd imagined when my friend described it to me as "a Danny Dyer film about zombie cannibal women". The film was directed by Jake West who also made the horror comedy gore film "Evil Aliens" and in my opinion this was a much better film, it was quite stylish and comic-book-like and undeniably as daft as hell but with a somewhat more mature sense of humour about it's daftness. Dyer, Clarke and Graham are fine (and amusing) as the drunken lads who get their comeuppance as flesh eating (or men eating) female zombies hit the streets. The film was about a group of London buddies who are fed up with their partners, they set off on a man-only trip to the country to the remote village of Moodey, where the women vastly outnumber the men, and their plan involves getting really drunk and hitting on as many women. Thanks to a secret project, all the local women have been turned into ravenous, cannibalistic monsters in old-school EVIL DEAD-type demon make-up with the potential to mutate into more elaborate monsters. You can really sense the scriptwriters taking the mickey out of these guys as they struggle for survival against the deadly women. The gore and make-up effects are also great, although the film is never 'scary' there are some pulse-raising moments in amongst all the slapstick. It just rattles along from one gory gag to the next, without really stopping long enough for anyone to dwell on how ridiculous it all is, and I even laughed out loud quite a few times. My favorite scene is when one of the lads Patrick hits the female zombies with some of his golf balls which was quite hilarious and also reminiscent of Shaun of the Dead and Evil Dead 2, and another hilarious scene with remote controlled women, some horror fans will also spot some of the tribute scenes to the horror genre. I doubt it'll end up a classic, but it was a fun way to spend 90 minutes, and definitely holds together a lot better than other similar-sounding films released recently like Lesbian Vampire Killers. Doghouse was a wildly over-the-top and light-hearted piece of entertainment with copious amounts of fake blood and intestines as well as vulgar and funny as hell jokes and clichéd "battle-of-the- sexes" humor. If you liked other British comedy/horror films like Severence or Shaun of The Dead then you'll definitely enjoy this brilliant film, just make sure you don't watch this with your wife or girlfriend or mistress etc. ;-).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain good, 1 Mar. 2012
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This is just plain good fun from start to finish. For a cheapo production it achieves more fun per minute than a Hollywood blockbuster. Make sure you watch the extras as they are as funny as the film. Danny Dyer turns foul language into an art form.
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