21 March 2010 | Coventry
Women on Top
of the food chain
After having massively enjoyed the grotesque B-splatter of "Evil Aliens", I'm blindly willing to watch every new movie directed by Jake West. And he seemingly feels comfortable and well at home in the field of crude splatter-comedies, as "Doghouse" is another wildly over-the-top and light-hearted piece of entertainment with copious amounts of fake blood and intestines as well as vulgar jokes and clichéd "battle-of-the- sexes" humor. Great Britain pretty much reigns in this area at this moment, by the way, with other famous and acclaimed titles like "The Cottage", "Shaun of the Dead", "Doomsday", "Severance", "Lesbian Vampire Killers"
Seven thirty-something friends have planned a weekend of heavy drinking and macho talking, so that they can help buddy Vince get over his divorce. They head out to a town called Moodley, in the middle of British countryside nowhere, where there reputedly are more female inhabitants than males and where one of the blokes' grandmothers has an empty cottage. Straight from their arrival, they're being attacked by the women of Moodley who turned into bloodthirsty and flesh-craving demonic beasts. From a left behind soldier, they hear that the women are infected with experimental military virus and already devoured the entire male population in town. If Neil, Vince and C° ever want to get out alive, they'll have to defend themselves with imaginative weapons, like golf clubs, remote controlled toy cars, cloth hangers and hedge clippers. "Doghouse" is a zealous splatter comedy with a couple of gory highlights (including a head split with an ax) and a handful of funny situations, but it's also quite derivative and forgettable. We've all seen plenty of cheerful zombie movies (most recent there was "Zombieland") and the genre has nothing new to offer. The so-called "Unique Selling Preposition" – to put it in marketing terms – of this film is the fact that only women become infected with the virus. "Dogshouse" is a spitfire of typical macho dialogs and anti-feminist jokes, so I wouldn't exactly label this as the ideal date movie.