In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
DOG SOLDIERS (2003)
During a routine nighttime training mission in the Scottish Highlands, a small squad of British soldiers expected to rendezvous with a special ops unit instead find a bloody massacre with a sole survivor. The savage attackers of the special ops team return, and the men are rescued by Megan (Emma Cleasby), a zoologist who identifies what hunts them as werewolves. Without transport or communications, the group is forced to retreat to a farmhouse to wait for the full moon to disappear at dawn.
Dog Soldiers is one of the best werewolf films to come out in the last two decades. Not the best ever, mind you but definitely one of the best in recent memory. This is due to several factors.
Firstly, the creature effects are totally cool. The werewolves in Dog Soldiers are like nothing ever seen in film before this film. The lycans were designed and fabricated by the great Bob Keen and his Image Animation company.
Secondly, the film is written and directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent). His masterful turn behind the reins helped to cement his place in horror film history.
Thirdly, the cast features an incredible array of actors including Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Darren Morfitt, and Emma Cleasby.