Rewind of the Living Dead wraps up werewolf month with a look at 2002’s DOG SOLDIERS, which may just be the greatest werewolf movie ever made….
Long before he was directing epic battles on “Game of Thrones,” Neil Marshall was a just a film school graduate looking for some kind of way to get involved in the industry.
After he completed school, Marshall and a friend were both toiling away at various jobs including editing before eventually working on a small film called “Killing Time.” It was during production that Marshall decided it was finally time to make their own movie and he pitched his friend on a simple concept — “what about soldiers versus werewolves?”
Thanks to his own family having deep roots in the military, Marshall had always wanted to tell a story based around that and because he grew up as a child of the 1980s, he also watched films such as “An American Werewolf in London” and “The Howling” and it seemed like an interesting idea to combine the two into a single movie.
He then spent the next six years writing the script before finally getting the money to shoot the film.
While he didn’t have a big budget, Marshall made the most of his situation and having a hand in just about every part of production, particularly the look of his werewolves, which was a unique and original take on a genre that dated back decades.
The final result was a film that combined elements from one of Marshall’s favorite directors John Carpenter along with movies such as “Alien” and “The Predator” and it’s been hailed as one of the most original werewolf films of all time.
In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to check our ammo and make sure the doors are locked as we review the 2002 film “Dog Soldiers”
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