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DOGHOUSE
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Reviewed by: Jason Roestel

Directed by: Jake West

Starring:
Danny Dyer
Stephen Graham
Noel Clarke

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What's it about
Break out your Cockney rhyming dictionary...

A group of fine young hooligans head to the village of Moodley for a weekend of drinking and flagrant womanizing. The reason? The woman-to-bloke ratio in the village is three to one. The problem? The women have all become vicious man eaters - and not in the Hall and Oates sense of the term either...
Is it good movie?
Finally, a group of women who want a man for his brains and not his wallet, wit, or his waist-line...

Doghouse's niche is that it's a zombie movie where the undead wear Prada. There's some slick exposition as to why and how a town ended up being populated by she-zombies, (in this UK film they're called "Zombirds") but none of it makes much sense or even matters for the most part.

What does matter is we get to watch a bunch of boozed-up British blokes duke it out with a town full of flesh-eating women. In that context Doghouse works - much like a bad pick-up line might work if delivered with the right mixture of self deprecation and booze. It's a dude movie with slightly more elegance than a Frankenhooker or a Zombie Strippers. Chalk that up to a smart British cast. In fact, it's still kind of tough to believe that Jake West, (filmography includes Evil Alens) managed to wrangle together this collection of trendy English acting talent.

Football Factory's (the ultimate soccer thug flick) Danny Dyer and Neil Maskell team up again - this time to drop zombies instead of members of a rival football firm. Danny's sort of found his calling playing chauvinistic bastards in low-ish budget British horror movies. He was the best thing in Christopher Smith's Severence, here he's no different.

The salient questions concerning Doghouse is if it's a decent zombie movie, and what it might be bringing to the table that that we haven't seen before. As a zombie flick it's not going to set the world on fire. It's splattery enough. It's light-hearted enough. It doesn't take too long to get moving or overstay its welcome. The "Zombirds" all look like aborted S&M projects and we get to hear the boys debate which undead chick might be the hottest of the horde.

The trick to these dead girls is that they're just cognizant enough to handle and use tools - which might be a first for zombie mythology. Axes, scissors, steak knives - all are employed to mangle the living. Which kind of makes Doghouse the first undead slasher film ever.

The negatives mostly concern Jake West's addiction to being cheeky. The film never takes itself very seriously. Some of the special effects come off as a bit Walmart, though, for the most part, the film looks pretty gawdamn good for being as budget as it is.
Video / Audio
It's an import so if you've got a Region-Free dvd set-up Doghouse looks nice enough. Don't expect 1080P and you should be alright. Same goes for the sound which is in Dolby 5.1
The Extras
We get a blooper reel and a short-ass making-of documentary.
Last Call
Treat Doghouse as a one night stand and you'll probably be alright. Get properly tuned up on alcohol and lower those expectations and the flick might get your stones rolling. Just don't expect to take it home to meet mom or even feel the need to stick around long enough the following morning to courtesy-kiss it goodbye... Doghouse is cheeky enough - but not cheeky enough to pay the price of importing the disc. Wait for a domestic release.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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