on a training exercise, in an isolated glen in Scotland, a
squad of British soldiers stumble across the encampment of
Captain Richard Ryan. Ryan is the only surviving member of
a crack unit on a mysterious top secret mission - the rest
of his team having been torn to pieces by unknown assailants.
Shortly afterwards they are joined by a local woman, who leads
them to an empty house. As darkness falls and the full moon
emerges so too do a pack of angry werewolves...
Soldiers is a fairly low budget UK horror/suspense movie
with a fantastic cast. Like all good horror movie the idea
is to build up the suspense before revealing your monster
to the audience. And when you do, it had better be a pretty
scary looking beast.
I originally saw this movie at the cinema I was impressed
by the execution of the narrative but a little disappointed
by the rubbery appearance of the actual werewolves. I assumed,
wrongly, that very little money was spent on the costumes
but, after watching the documentary on this DVD, I am now
surprised at how poor they looked on screen.
monsters themselves actually look very impressive up close
in the documentary and the stuntmen playing the beasts look
very intimidating walking around the set with their masks
half off. So why they look so poor in the film is a mystery.
buffs will love the many obvious (and not so obvious) movie
references including Saving Private Ryan, Zulu and
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn.
disc also includes an impressive collection of extras (especially
when you consider the £17.99 price tag). There are two
commentaries - one by writer/director, co-producer and the
cast (which is very funny, if laddish) and the other by the
producers. There are also a number of deleted scenes, a very
short gag reel and a making of featurette. Also included is
a short, and interesting film by the director called Combat.
were a couple of cut scenes which the director mentioned on
his commentary which, sadly were not included on the deleted
scenes on the disc. Which is a shame as they sounded interesting.
However the deleted scenes we do get are very hit and miss.
you want a good, solid action packed movie then this is worth
getting hold of. In short, this movie does exactly what it
too, but nothing more.
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