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Doghouse

directed by Jake West

Doghouse poster  
This movie revolves around a group of guys from London who are all, in one way or another, in the doghouse. Vince (Stephen Graham) is getting a divorce, so his friends set off for an outing to commiserate him. It's going to be a guys-only trip to the country: boozing, flirting, and rediscovering their inner bloke.

The group arrive at the isolated village of Moodley, where the women outnumber the men. But the place seems deserted, and there's a strange smell. The scene is set for an outbreak of man-hungry zombie cannibals, on the lookout for fresh meat.

These are slapstick, gross-out zombies that shamble along on high heels whilst brandishing cleavers, scissors, and anything else they can find. The gory effects may not always be slick and high-budget, but they hit home where it counts, right on the funny bone. Daniel Schaffer's script is hilarious, it's what makes this film special. The jokes are in gleefully bad taste, and about as far from political correctness as it's possible to be.

The main characters are the kind of guys who muddle through life one step behind. Neil (Danny Dyer) is a rude, sexist womaniser, Mikey (Noel Clarke) is hopelessly disorganised, Banksy (Neil Maskell) is late for everything, and Patrick (Keith-Lee Castle) fills his head with new-age psychobabble. But these dysfunctional lads have one thing in common: they always do what they can for their mates (even if it takes them a long time). So they're endearing characters, in spite of their disorganisation.

You might imagine the blatant sexism of some of the characters in Doghouse is somehow ironic, or a reactionary response to the stifling feminism of modern British society. But that would be to read too much seriousness into what is really just a lighthearted zombie comedy. This battle of the sexes romp is unrepentantly laddish, but it's also a lot of fun.

Film Details

Year: 2009

Categories: Films

  Horror

Classification: 15

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4 star rating

Review © Ros Jackson
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