Another British horror-comedy has made my day a little more enjoyable. Doghouse follows the UK tradition of being hilarious and bloody in all the right ways. Between Severance, Lesbian Vampire Killers, Shaun of the Dead, and a few others, the stranglehold on horror-comedy continues for the Brits. It’s good camp fun, not to be taken seriously. I mention that because this film could be considered quite misogynist and I can’t stand it when people take things in movies at face value.
A group of men, all of whom are in various trouble with the significant others, head off to the country to get some man time. Ya know, time where they can “piss on trees to mark their territory and can get so drunk they can’t remember their own names.” When they get there, they run into a town full of feminist, man-hating, zombie chicks. Banding together, the group must bash, chop, shoot, and beat their way to freedom. Of course, since this is a British flick there is plenty of comedy to go around between the killing of the zombie bitches.
The comedy, while not on par with some of the other films already mentioned, was more than enough. Particularly, the character Banksy had me rolling. He is essentially the slow guy who is always late to everything. He has several misadventures on his way to meeting his friends (which turns out to be a rescue mission unknown to him) only to show up in the least helpful vehicle ever made by man. The humor is cheap, but there are certainly worse things you could watch.
The gore is well executed and in some cases disturbing. The image of the large lady in a Moo Moo who had a thing for finger steaks will most likely haunt my nightmares for days to come. Plenty of the deaths are of the bloody messy variety, meaning gorehounds should be satiated.
The plot is very similar to Shaun of the Dead with a rag-tag group trying to survive. So, if you didn’t like that movie, there is almost no chance you will like Doghouse. Copying a great formula can be a good idea. This ultimately ends up being a failure point for this film. It’s almost too much like the other horror-comedies. Nothing new or exciting was inserted to take the genre to the next level.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film and have no problem recommending to fans of Brit Horror-Comedies.
Final Verdict: Watch it!
Snore Factor: ZZZ (It’s good)