History Film / DogSoldiers

15th Sep '17 8:28:40 AM fearlessnikki
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* ActionSurvivor: Megan's not a soldier herself, and the only non military character in the film. Yet she proves quite capable in battle. One trailer even lampshaded this, asking viewers who they thought would crack first. It then said "did you choose the woman?" - followed by clips of Megan ass kicking and a tagline "don't be so sexist".



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When explaining the meaning of the soldiers' slang word 'bone'.
--> '''Megan:''' What does 'bone' mean?
--> '''Spoon:''' Bone - bollocks, naff.
--> '''Joe:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Not. Very. Good]].



* BraveScot: Cooper is Scottish and is TheLeader of the team. He's the only one who doesn't freak out, and keeps a cool head.



* [[CatScare Cow Scare]]

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* [[CatScare Cow Scare]]CatScare: A cow's body is thrown on the campfire to scare the soldiers. Played with in the sense that it's actually the start of the werewolves pursuing them.



* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Averted. The dead SAS squad discovered at the start of the film serve as a sort of off-screen SacrificialLion, while the film focuses on regular troops.

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* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: ElitesAreMoreGlamorous:
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Averted. The dead SAS squad discovered at the start of the film serve as a sort of off-screen SacrificialLion, while the film focuses on regular troops.



* FaceMonsterTurn: The werewolves. Megan is their neighbor and she describes them as good people.

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* FaceMonsterTurn: FaceMonsterTurn:
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The werewolves. Megan is their neighbor and she describes them as good people.



* FairyTaleMotifs:
** ''Little Red Riding Hood'' - Sgt Wells name drops her in the page quote, Bruce strays from the beaten path and immediately gets killed, [[spoiler: Megan turns out to be a wolf disguised as a human]].
** ''Goldilocks & The Three Bears'' - the soldiers find food on the stove and help themselves, and Cooper mockingly compares the werewolves to the three bears later on. Fittingly Cooper is the only blond in the group as well.
** ''The Three Little Pigs'' - the soldiers barricade themselves in a house to protect from the big bad wolves. [[spoiler: The house gets literally blown down in the climax]].



* HardToLightFire: One soldier goes through a whole box of matches trying to light the petrol-trail on fire, but they keep breaking. [[spoiler: Sarge comes to his aid by tossing a Molotov cocktail at the petrol.]]

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* HardToLightFire: HardToLightFire:
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One soldier goes through a whole box of matches trying to light the petrol-trail on fire, but they keep breaking. [[spoiler: Sarge comes to his aid by tossing a Molotov cocktail at the petrol.]]



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: When Ryan is going through his MadnessMantra, Liam Cunningham's natural Irish accent slips through a few times.
* OopNorth: Joe and Spoon, whose actors are from Newcastle and Durham respectively.



* PhotosLie: The Uath family photo. A couple embraces each other tenderly while the other three people look adorable or awkward, looking at eachother, the camera, or somewhere else. This warm family photo belies the fact that the Uath's are [[spoiler: the main werewolves in the film. ]]

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* PhotosLie: The Uath family photo. A couple embraces each other tenderly while the other three people look adorable or awkward, looking at eachother, each other, the camera, or somewhere else. This warm family photo belies the fact that the Uath's are [[spoiler: the main werewolves in the film. ]]


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* SacrificialLion: Bruce the corporal, and seemingly TheLancer to Sgt Wells, is the first to die at only thirty minutes in.
4th Jun '17 4:47:39 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* [[ZombieInfectee Werewolf Infectee]] [[spoiler: Ryan and in an inversion Harry Wells]]

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* [[ZombieInfectee Werewolf Infectee]] Infectee]]: [[spoiler: Ryan and in an inversion Harry Wells]]
24th May '17 8:42:20 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: There is nowhere in Scotland that is a four-hour drive from anywhere, as Megan says - Gretna Green (one of the southernmost points before you cross the border) to John o' Groats (northmost) is about 6 hours. That they had a map at the beginning and are all experienced soldiers makes this even wors, and even the crummy weather wouldn't delay the trip that much. [[spoiler:Though this could be interpreted as Megan just trying to fake them out so they'll stay put]].

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* AllPeriodsArePMS: Lampshaded: [[spoiler:Megan quips "It's that time of the month" as she starts to transform into a werewolf.]]
* AnArmandALeg: It happens so fast, but it looks like Cooper hacks off a werewolf's arm with the sword in the house.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: There is nowhere in Scotland that is a four-hour drive from anywhere, as Megan says - Gretna Green (one of the southernmost points before you cross the border) to John o' Groats (northmost) is about 6 hours. That they had a map at the beginning and are all experienced soldiers makes this even wors, worse, and even the crummy weather wouldn't delay the trip that much. [[spoiler:Though this could be interpreted as Megan just trying to fake them out so they'll stay put]].put]].
* AnAxeToGrind: Joe uses one during the siege on the house.



* TheBerserker: Spoon. Would you expect anything less from a man who begins to enjoy fighting werewolves and later delivers the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of a lifetime on one?
* TheBigGuy: Joe. Cooper even refers to him as 'the big guy with the axe'.



* BloodKnight: Soon actually starts to enjoy the siege.
-->'''Spoon:''' Know what this reminds me of? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rorkes_Drift Rourke's Drift]]. 100 men of Harlech, making a desperate stand against 10,000 Zulu warriors. Outnumbered, surrounded, staring death in the face and not flinching for a moment. Balls of British steel.
-->'''Joe:''' You're bloody loving this, aren't you?



* AFatherToHisMen: Sarge.

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* AFatherToHisMen: Sarge. His men adore him and he even chastises Ryan for 'scaring my lads'.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The shot where Ryan washes his face and tilts his head when looking at his reflection in the bathroom mirror. [[spoiler:Now what animals tilt their heads when they notice something curious? Dogs. The first physical sign that he is turning into a werewolf.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Terry's [[spoiler:capture by werewolves while standing with his back to the window]] shouldn't come as much of a surprise when his disregard for basic training is shown in the slapdash way he has almost the entire contents of his bergen unpacked around the campfire.
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The shot where Ryan washes his face and tilts his head when looking at his reflection in the bathroom mirror. [[spoiler:Now what animals tilt their heads when they notice something curious? Dogs. The first physical sign that he is turning into a werewolf.]]



* FryingPanOfDoom: Spoon uses one against a werewolf.



* HappilyMarried: Sarge to his wife Annie. He matter-of-factly says that the thought of never seeing her again scares him the most.



* HealingFactor: Part of the werewolf package it seems. Also [[spoiler: a sign of Ryan being a werewolf Infectee]]

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* HealingFactor: Part of the werewolf package it seems. Also [[spoiler: a sign of Ryan being a werewolf Infectee]]Infectee]].
* HeroesLoveDogs: Cooper seems to be a big dog lover. He's actually enraged when Ryan casually shoots the dog at the start - and seems to form an attachment to Sam as the film goes on.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sergeant Wells.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sergeant Wells.Wells blows himself, and the werewolves, up with the gas cooker.]]



* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Bruce]] is the first one to be killed by the werewolves.



* AllPeriodsArePMS: Lampshaded: [[spoiler:Megan quips "It's that time of the month" as she starts to transform into a werewolf.]]



* NiceGuy: Terry is a rather shy, but amicable individual.



* ShoutOut: [[Creator/HGWells Sergeant Wells]], [[Film/TheMatrix "There is no Spoon."]], [[Franchise/EvilDead Private Bruce Campbell]], [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} the page quote]], [[Film/{{Aliens}} "Short, controlled bursts"]], ''{{Zulu}}'' (both the film and the battle it was based on), "They've fixed it so we can't win! [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan It's the Kobyashi Maru!"]], ''TheSearchers'' gets a visual nod at the end... Lots, in short.

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* ShoutOut: [[Creator/HGWells Sergeant Wells]], [[Film/TheMatrix "There is no Spoon."]], [[Franchise/EvilDead Private Bruce Campbell]], Private]] Creator/BruceCampbell, [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} the page quote]], [[Film/{{Aliens}} "Short, controlled bursts"]], ''{{Zulu}}'' ''Film/{{Zulu}}'' (both the film and the battle it was based on), "They've fixed it so we can't win! [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan It's the Kobyashi Maru!"]], ''TheSearchers'' gets a visual nod at the end... Lots, in short.



* SoleSurvivor

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* SoleSurvivorSoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Cooper]].
* SpamAttack: Spoon is very prone of performing a whole load of quick, vicious attacks with knives and [[ItMakesSenseInContext hammers]].
* SpitefulSpit: Spoon does this to the werewolf [[spoiler:that's about to eat him]].



* StiffUpperLip: Almost everyone qualifies, but none more so than Sarge. Having already confessed as to being terrified at the thought of [[HappilyMarried never seeing his wife again]] and then [[spoiler:given the choice of either certain death or turning into a werewolf]], he stays calm and focussed.

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* StiffUpperLip: Almost everyone qualifies, but none more so than Sarge. Having already confessed as to being terrified at the thought of [[HappilyMarried never seeing his wife again]] and then [[spoiler:given the choice of either certain death or turning into a werewolf]], he stays calm and focussed.focused.



* {{Tuckerization}}: [[Franchise/EvilDead Bruce Campbell]]. And Sergeant H. G. Wells.

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* {{Tuckerization}}: [[Franchise/EvilDead Bruce Campbell]]. Creator/BruceCampbell. And Sergeant H. G. Wells.Creator/HGWells.
8th Mar '17 5:59:26 PM Sharlee
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8th Mar '17 5:58:50 PM Sharlee
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** Also used when [[spoiler: a werewolf knocks the lighter out of Wells' hand as he's about to blow up the kitchen gas supply in a TakingYouWithMe. But it ''didn't'' think to also get between him and the stove's pilot-light switch.]]
2nd Mar '17 9:01:40 AM Mdumas43073
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14th Feb '17 8:37:17 PM Giantman04
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* PhotosLie: The Uath family photo. A couple embraces each other tenderly while the other three people look adorable or awkward, looking at eachother, the camera, or somewhere else. This warm family photo belies the fact that the Uath's are [[spoiler: the main werewolves in the film. ]]
14th Feb '17 8:10:01 PM Giantman04
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* MeaningfulName: The name of the family that owns the house is Uath. [[spoiler: It's an Old Irish word and can be translated as "Horror" or "Fear.'' This name is fitting as the werewolves are the owners of the house.]]
14th Feb '17 8:01:43 PM Giantman04
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** [[spoiler: Subverted. There are two tropes on this page detailing what the pack does with their dead victims. The fact the stove most likely has human flesh cooking in the pot shows us that the pack knows what they are doing as both werewolves and humans.]]

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** [[spoiler: Subverted. There are two tropes on this page detailing what the pack does with their dead victims. The fact that the stove most likely has human flesh cooking in the pot shows us that the pack knows what they are doing as both werewolves and humans.]]
14th Feb '17 8:00:42 PM Giantman04
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*FaceMonsterTurn: The werewolves. Megan is their neighbor and she describes them as good people.
**[[spoiler: Subverted. There are two tropes on this page detailing what the pack does with their dead victims. The fact the stove most likely has human flesh cooking in the pot shows us that the pack knows what they are doing as both werewolves and humans.]]


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*RewatchBonus: [[spoiler: From her first scene, a lot of Megan's dialogue can be viewed in a different perspective. When she first pulls up, she asks if the soldiers are in the middle of a rescue mission. Watching the film a second time, she could be asking about her own rescue. The fact she wasn't hunting with the rest of the pack, but driving along the road, she was waiting for Ryan's mission to succeed and for the pack to pay for her 'adoption'.]]
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