Review by Jack Foley
JAKE West’s Doghouse is one of the most sexist, misogynistic and downright lamentable movies you’re likely to see this year.
It’s also poorly made, poorly scripted and one of the more baffling cinematic releases of the year.
Six men (including Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke and Stephen Graham) head for a weekend in the country to re-connect with their masculinity only to find that the sleepy town they have chosen has become over-run by zombie-like, cannibalistic women.
Hence, the stage is set for a battle of the sexes with a difference… where anything remotely PC is thrown out of the window.
The film begins as it means to go on, with each of the six male leads fleeing for their weekend away, as a recent sexual conquest shouts after them that they’re “a bastard”.
It then proceeds to objectify women before placing its men at the centre of a plot device that feels hopelessly contrived from just about every other horror movie out there.
West claims his comedy horror is attempting to capture the spirit of past hits such as Shaun of the Dead and Severance, but Doghouse actually has the distinction of making Lesbian Vampire Killers look halfway decent as a result.
The acting is appalling, the dialogue atrocious and the supposedly comic set pieces more wince-inducing than funny-bone tickling.
Dyer has another stinker to add to a CV that already includes the likes of Straightheads and The All Together, but it’s difficult to know what appealed to an actor of Stephen Graham’s calibre. Orange Rising Star winner Noel Clarke’s presence is similarly mystifying.
All in all, this is the type of movie-making that sullies even the good name of crap.
Running time: 90mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: October 12, 2009