Zombie Movie Review: Doghouse

This film is showing on Netflix Instant US. Visit Blog of the Living Dead for details.

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What is Doghouse all about then? A bunch of British lads leave their respective girlfriends at home and head off to try to help one of their mates get over splitting from his wife. Their plan for this is not to get hideously drunk and head to a strip club like a normal bunch of guys, but to trek off to a quaint little village in the middle of nowhere to hang out with each other for the weekend. However as we’ve all learnt from Hammer Horror and American Werewolf movies, little English villages are never the best places to go for a relaxing time. This particular village happens to have been infected by a female-only zombie mutant virus, causing the women to get speedy, intelligent and extra mental.

There should be a lot to like about Doghouse. It has an award-winning zombie performance by Emily Booth, is really quite well-directed by Jake West who made one of the best recent horror documentaries of all time ‘Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape‘ and has loads of crazy mental zombie women. However it just doesn’t jell as either a horror or a comedy.

What I couldn’t get on with about Doghouse were the characters. It probably doesn’t help matters that ‘Cockney Geezer’ Danny Dyer stars in this film, playing the same character as he does in everything he’s ever done. (The same Danny Dyer who – at a film and comic con I went to a few years back – had autograph queues dwarfing that of an actual talent: ‘George A Romero’). But he’s not totally to blame here. The characters just don’t fit the film, they’re just a bunch of ‘lads’ who act exactly the same as they would if it were a thriller, comedy, drama or TV soap opera. The actual horror that is happening around them is more-or-less irrelevant to these guys; it’s just a bunch of stuff that happens.

This is all a pity really as there are some great ideas here, it’s been well-directed and there are many great scenes to enjoy. Not to mention plenty of great crazy zombie women to appreciate (although sadly lacking in the nork count by my reckoning) with some decent low budget gore on show too. Perhaps I was expecting too much from this film. Us Brits are good at our comedies and have a decent horror pedigree, but this was just a failure in my book although I’m not entirely sure why. I quite enjoyed the very similar Lesbian Vampire Killers, and the infinitely trashier Zombie Women of Satan, but it just didn’t do it for me here.

However having said all that, my Girlfriend – who utterly hates zombie movies – loved this movie and sat there giggling all the way through, despite being knackered and trying to snooze on the sofa while I watched it. Take from that as you will.

Gore Score C+
Norks Score F
Originality Score C
Overall Score C

This film is showing on Netflix Instant US. Visit Blog of the Living Dead for details.


4 responses to “Zombie Movie Review: Doghouse

  1. Are those friggin’ fingers in that cake???!!!
    ANd no Norks– thankls for clarifying that term for me 🙂 I use it all the time now 🙂 The wife isn’t so pleased, but it makes them sound like toys– which need to be played with.

    • Haha, yes indeed they are fingers! I won’t spoil it by telling you who’s they are though!
      I’d be interested to hear what a non-UK thinks of this film. Is Danny Dyer as well known and annoying to people outside Britain? If not then you may enjoy the movie more than I did.

  2. I’m from New York and had no idea who Danny Dyer is. He didn’t bother me at all in this. I found this movie pretty enjoyable. The only thing I found bothersome was the lack of follow through: the dying army guy tells them not to go into the woods no matter what….and they never go into the woods. Maybe they’re saving that for a sequel.

    • Ha ha, that’s a very good point! What DID happen in the woods?!?

      I’ll watch a sequel though, although preferrably a prequel as that would not need Danny Dyer, and Emily Booth would be able to return!

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