Among my group of friends, we have a bit of a piss-take affection for everyone’s favourite Cockney Thespian, Danny Dyer.
So when we had a get-together over the bank holiday weekend, we were looking for a film to watch and stumbled across one of his efforts – Doghouse – on NetFlix.
Would hilarity ensue?
Let’s find out…
Doghouse Review – What’s It About?
A group of men head to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce; when they get there though, they discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.
If anyone ever plays the great boardgame, Balderdash, then that’s a fantastic answer for Film Round right there.
Doghouse Review – How Highly Is It Rated?
Well NetFlix gave it three and a half stars, while imdb rate it at 6.0 from just short of 13,000 votes and Rotten Tomatoes give it an approval rating of 48%
Doghouse Review – Who’s In It?
It stars the aforementioned Danny Dyer, along with Noel Clark (Mickey off Dr Who) and Stephen Graham (Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire). There are also minor cameos from the likes of Billy Murray and Mary Tamm.
I was pleasantly surprised by Doghouse.
It’s often the case that films like that try to be funny and fail miserably, but in this instance, there were more than a few occasions where everyone in the room laughed out loud, and even one bit where we had to rewind it a couple of times to see it again (it was the bit where Dyer’s character kicks the old woman with the football and then celebrates before being smacked in the head with a saucepan. Sounds stupid and it was, but it was funny).
We also loved the sub-plot with their mate Banksy.
Sure, it’s not got the most original or exciting plot in the world, the reason for the outbreak was a bit daft and it’s clearly influenced by Zombie Comedies like Shaun of the Dead, but with expectations starting off low, I thought it turned out pretty well.
The standard of acting was good enough (well, apart from Dyer, but because I think even he knows he’s crap he gets away with it), there was a far amount of gore and while the setting meant that it was never going to look anything less than authentic.
Ultimately, Doghouse is a basic tale of Lads vs Zombies. The “Lads” all have the Match of the Day ringtone on their phones, while the all-female Zombie cast are everything from Lollypop ladies to big fat thumpers in their unappealing negligée.
It’s simple, it’s effective, it’s funny, it’s shallow, and running at 89 minutes, you won’t get bored.
Should You Watch Doghouse?
If you switch off your brain and are of a mindset to enjoy a stereotypical bunch of “Laaaaaaaaads” fight some female zombies, then you’ll like it.
However, if you’re the sort of person who is only interested in depth and world-class storytelling, I wouldn’t bother.
6.0 out of 10 is usually considered a poor rating, but there shouldn’t be anything wrong about that. The chances are it was a 6/10, but since so many films that are really only 3/10 or 4/10 get ratings of 7.6 and the like, I’d take the imdb view with a pinch of salt.