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->''"So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up [[LittleRedFightingHood with a bazooka and a bad attitude]], I expect you to chin the bitch!"''
-->-- '''Sgt. Harry G. Wells''', "Sarge"

A 2002 British horror film pitting soldiers against werewolves.

While on a routine training exercise in the Scottish highlands, a small group of British Army men discover the remains of an elite special forces squad that's been literally ripped to shreds. After being attacked by some unseen wild beasts, the remaining soldiers escape with the help of a female zoologist who just happened to be in the area. The rest of the movie deals with their attempts to survive the night in an abandoned house, be it fending off the werewolves or the [[AHouseDivided internal strife]].

Rumors of a sequel have been circulating for years since it was announced in 2004 that a sequel called ''Dog Soldiers: Fresh Meat'' was in the works. Additionally, a teaser for a prequel web-series entitled ''Dog Soldiers: Red'' was revealed in 2011. Very little is known about the status of either project, both of which seem to be stuck in DevelopmentHell.

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!!This movie provides examples of:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: When things start to look incredibly bleak after [[spoiler:Joe]] is killed and the plan to use the second car goes horribly wrong, the remaining characters sit in silence, in quiet mourning for their fallen comrades, as Megan plays the piano. The music piece is "Clair de lune", which is "moonlight" in French. Not to mention werewolves howling like a choir in the background.
* AerosolFlamethrower: Wells uses this on a werewolf towards the end.
* AgentMulder: Spoon has no problem accepting that werewolves are real.
* AllMythsAreTrue: One character mentions with dread that if werewolves are real what other mythological monsters are real? This alludes to FridgeHorror.
* 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 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]].
* AnAxeToGrind: Joe uses one during the siege on the house.
* BackToBackBadasses: Spoon and Joe at one point, keeping each other covered as they pepper the werewolves attacking the house with machine gun fire.
* BadassBoast: Delivered by Sergeant Wells to Cooper near the film's climax "When I signed my life away on that dotted line, I fucking meant it. I am a ''professional soldier''."
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:With the right "bait", Ryan lured Sarge's men to a specific location during their exercise. This in turn was to provide "bait" to get a werewolf to come out into the open. It all worked spectacularly, except for there being more than one werewolf, and that they ended up attacking Ryan's team first.]]
* 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'.
* BlackComedy: Lots of it.
* 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?
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "Spiders. And women. And... spider-women."
* BrickJoke:
** The [[spoiler:"there is no Spoon"]] joke is about 80 minutes between setup (when you first hear his name) and punchline.
** Also the England v. Germany football match, an example of WorstNewsJudgementEver.
** The PreMortemOneLiner, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_think_it%27s_all_over You think it's all over? It is now.]]
* BulletholeDoor: "Open your mouth, cover your ears, mind your toes."
* CannibalLarder: There's a grisly mound of bones hidden under the werewolves' house.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Ryan says "Live and learn" a few times.
* [[CatScare Cow Scare]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The silver letter opener.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: Ryan loves to do this.
* ClusterFBomb: The entire film probably counts.
* CombatBreakdown: The defense of the cottage starts fairly organised but gradually disintegrates over the course of the film, as body toll rises and ammo runs scarce. Spoon's fight with the werewolf also has shades of this. He starts off throwing well-placed punches and using a knife to keep the werewolf at bay but as the werewolf pushes forward, all he can do is to use anything he can find in a frantic effort.
* CoolVersusAwesome: The military fighting werewolves.
* CurbStompBattle: Ryan's squad was slaughtered without firing a shot.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ryan. Megan also has her moments.
* DangerRoomColdOpen: Cooper's introductory scene shows him running through the woods, but it turns out to be a training exercise. Of course, the whole plot was ''meant'' to be a training exercise, but it [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]].
* DangerTakesABackseat: [[spoiler:How poor Joe [[IncrediblyLamePun meats]] his end. At least he fights it like a man.]]
* DeathBySex: The campers at the beginning get killed just as they're about to get busy.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: A rare case where this trope is pulled off with success.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Spoon's epic performance with the flares.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: And then he fights a werewolf. With [[GoodOldFisticuffs bare hands]]. And is ''[[BadassNormal winning]]''...[[spoiler: until a second werewolf shows up.]]
* DropTheCow: In a subversion of the usual comedic intention of this trope, a dead, bloody cow hits the ground just as Spoon is warming up a joke, in order to take the edge off Wells' deeply unsettling story of Eddie Oswald.
* DoubleEntendre : Megan, sadly looking down: [[AllPeriodsArePMS "It's that time of the month".]]
* DyingAsYourself: Nearly {{averted}} with [[spoiler: Sarge]], as [[spoiler: he's beginning to transform as he blows himself up with the cottage and everything in it.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Quite a few of the characters get these. [[spoiler: Sarge for blowing the werewolves to bits, Joe for attacking a werewolf with a combat knife instead of giving up and dying. Spoony gets special mention for going toe to toe with a werewolf unarmed and nearly winning until another werewolf shows up to help.]]
* 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.
** Subverted as well. In addition to the [[TrainingFromHell grueling training]] he presumably has already undergone as a candidate for the SAS, Cooper is sent packing after Ryan orders him to [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten shoot a dog]] and he refuses.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [[spoiler:Ryan shoots a dog (not just any dog, but a highly-trained and extremely-valuable Military Working Dog) in the head in the first few minutes of the film, just because he ''can''.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Wells is usually just referred to as "Sarge".
* 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 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.]]
* FamousLastWords:
** [[RegretEatingMe "I hope I give you the shits, you fucking wimp!"]]
** [[TemptingFate "Dogs? More like pussies."]]
** "I'll fucking have you!"
** [[DoubleEntendre "It's that time of the month."]]
* FatalFamilyPhoto: [[spoiler: Sarge]] has a photo of his wife, which he looks at before he dies.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Think being ripped to pieces by a hungry werewolf is bad? Despite being a bloody mess, [[spoiler:Terry]] is shown to be very much alive as a werewolf is feeding on him.
* AFatherToHisMen: Sarge. His men adore him and he even chastises Ryan for 'scaring my lads'.
* {{Fetish}}: "I ''love it'' when a posh bird talks dirty!"
* FlippingTheBird: The two-fingered variant from Spoon.
* {{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.
** 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.]]
* FreakOut: Ryan, after being badly wounded by the werewolves and watching his men get ripped to shreds right in front of him.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Spoon uses one against a werewolf.
* FutileHandReach: When Joe hotwires the jeep in the shed, the headlights turn on, revealing a still very much alive [[spoiler:Terry]] being fed upon by a werewolf right in front of him, reaching out for Joe to help him.
* GenreBlindness: [[spoiler:Terry]] really should have known better than to stand ''right next to a broken window'' shortly after a werewolf siege. [[FamousLastWords "Dogs? More like pussies!"]] He gets yanked through the window seconds later.
* {{Gorn}}: Buckets of it.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The deaths of campers at the beginning, as well as the death of [[spoiler:Joe.]]
* HappilyMarried: Sarge to his wife Annie. He matter-of-factly says that the thought of never seeing her again scares him the most.
* 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.]]
** 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.]]
* HealingFactor: Part of the werewolf package it seems. Also [[spoiler: a sign of Ryan being a werewolf 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.
* HitMeDammit: Wells to Cooper, as Wells' wounds are being treated.
-->'''Wells:''' Cooper, knock me out. HIT ME! ''[Cooper decks him]'' ...I said knock me out you fuckin' pussy!
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sergeant Wells blows himself, and the werewolves, up with the gas cooker.]]
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: [[ShootTheDog Shoot this dog]]. He refuses.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Bruce]] is impaled on a broken tree branch whilst fleeing the werewolves. Later, [[spoiler:Ryan (as a werewolf) is run through with a sword, but, now being nigh-invulnerable, it doesn't kill him.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Many examples. Cooper tells the rest of squad to boil water - they use it later to fend off attacks. Megan starts [[WeaponizedCamera taking pictures of a werewolf with a camera]], trying to blind or distract it with the repeated flashes. Spoon throws half the contents of the kitchen at a werewolf, uses a FryingPanOfDoom, and then totally snaps and brutally speed-knifes the wolf. Also counts when Spoon [[PlayedForLaughs goes hammer-frenzy on werewolf's paw]], while barricading doors.
* InertialImpalement: An unintentional example. [[spoiler:Bruce]] looks behind him as he is fleeing the werewolves and impales himself on a broken tree branch.
* ItCanThink: The werewolves, natch. Except for Megan, everyone initially considers them savage animals, but their behavior quickly proves them wrong.
-->'''Spoon:''' They shut down the generator!
-->'''Terry:''' Why would they do that?
-->'''Megan:''' Because they can see in the dark.
-->'''Ryan:''' And you're afraid of it.
* KickTheDog: Captain Ryan is this kind of person, shooting a dog in his first scene simply because he can.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Cooper and Sam are the only characters to survive.]]
* LastStand: Spoon.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Ryan. Twice. [[spoiler: He uses Sarge and Cooper's team as bait for the werewolf so his team can catch it off guard. Instead, Ryan's team gets slaughtered and Sarge's team comes to his rescue. At the end of the film, Cooper shoots Ryan in the head after he turns into werewolf, giving Ryan an IronicEcho from the beginning of the film.]]
* MadeOfPlasticine: [[spoiler:Bruce had to have been running incredibly fast to get impaled to the extent that he did.]]
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Bruce]] is the first one to be killed by the werewolves.
* 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.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Megan]], who doesn't actually ''intend'' to be the mole at first. [[spoiler:Some time prior to the events of the film she was attacked and turned by the werewolf family, and apparently hates it. She hopes that the soldiers will be able to defeat the rest of the werewolves and rescue her. However after every escape plan goes wrong, her animal instincts and loyalty to the pack take over...]]
* MoreDakka: The sheer amount of ammunition expended throughout the course of this film is staggering. Lampshaded and subverted when the fact they're running low on ammunition becomes a plot point, and by Cooper's exasperated yell of [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "Controlled! Three-round! Bursts!"]], eminently sensible advice that nobody bothers to take.
* MortalWoundReveal: Inverted. [[spoiler:Sarge shows Cooper that his mortal wound is gone, revealing that he's becoming a werewolf.]]
* NiceGuy: Terry is a rather shy, but amicable individual.
* NighInvulnerability: The werewolves.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: [[spoiler:Implied, but not stated outright. When the squaddies arrive at the abandoned house, dinner's still on the stove. They tuck in; when asked what it is, one says "Pork, I think." Later, we find out the house belongs to the werewolves and they have human bodies hanging up in the cellar.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Terry.]]
* OrphanedPunchline: Reversed, in that we hear the beginning, but not the punchline. The reaction to what happens next might compensate for this, though.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Slightly. They have a silver vulnerability, turn with the full moon, etc. However, they can resist the transformation (albeit with difficulty), and killing them without silver is possible - it's just ''extremely'' hard.
* PainfulTransformation: The full transformations are never seen on-screen ([[WordOfGod Neil Marshall mentions in the commentary]] that the reason for this was because, after the famous transformation sequence from ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'', he didn't feel he would be able to do it justice), but the characters who start to turn are all shown to be in a huge amount of pain during the process.
* PreMortemOneLiner:
-->'''Cooper:''' ''(to [[spoiler:Ryan in werewolf form]])'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_think_it%27s_all_over You think it's all over? It is now.]] ''(BANG)''
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Megan:''' Move your fucking arse, soldier!\\
''(A short while later)''\\
'''Spoon:''' I ''love it'' when a posh bird talks dirty!
* 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. ]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: Megan and Captain Ryan were in contact before the movie. Ryan wanted to capture a werewolf for military purposes and Megan wants out of the pack. However, Ryan thought there was only one werewolf, so he only came prepared for one. Taken to another level in that he doesn't tell Sarge his men are bait and Ryan got confirmation that Sarge's men could be an acceptable loss.]]
* ProfaneLastWords: One of the SAS troopers (which is about to be eaten by the werewolves that are attacking them) only has this to say:
--->"[[RegretEatingMe I hope I give you the shits, ya fucking wimp!]]"
* RatedMForManly
* RegretEatingMe: [[spoiler: Spoon]]'s FamousLastWords.
* ResistTheBeast: [[spoiler: Wells manages to resist his transformation just long enough to get Cooper to safety, before blowing up the house.]]
* 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'.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Subverted. At first the audience, much like Cooper, isn't sure if Ryan ''really'' intends him to [[KickTheDog shoot the dog]] or whether it's a test to see whether he'd follow the order without question. Turns out it ''[[{{Jerkass}} isn't]]''.
* ScreamingWarrior: Spoon, during his LastStand, as he prepares to smack a werewolf with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]].
* ShootTheDog: Averted when Cooper refuses to shoot a dog. Played straight when Ryan does it without batting an eye.
* ShoutOut: [[Creator/HGWells Sergeant Wells]], [[Film/TheMatrix "There is no Spoon."]], [[Franchise/EvilDead Private]] Creator/BruceCampbell, [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} the page quote]], [[Film/{{Aliens}} "Short, controlled bursts"]], ''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.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The dialogue was clearly all written by someone who knows a lot of genuine British squaddies.
** The [=L85s=] seen in the first few minutes all possess the proper Blank Firing Attachments.
** Cooper closing Sarge's wound with super glue is TruthInTelevision. The US Army developed a Super Glue spray during the Vietnam War for (temporarily) closing a soldier's wounds until they could get him to a hospital.
* SoleSurvivor: [[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]].
* SteelEarDrums: Averted and referenced when Sarge fires an automatic rifle in a cupboard. Before he fires, he tells Cooper to cover his ears and open his mouth specifically to avoid hearing damage.
* 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 focused.
--> '''Wells''': Now you just [[ShutUpHannibal shut up]] [[SophisticatedAsHell like a good gentleman]], [[AFatherToHisMen you're scaring my lads]].
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: In the initial stages of their transformation, humans turning into werewolves have bright yellow eyes.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Sarge.]]
* TeamPet: Sam.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Terry]], suffering from a case of GenreBlindness.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Averted. When [[spoiler:Megan begins her transformation, Wells just shoots a hole in her, still very human, head. According to the director, this doesn't kill her. She shows up again in the end as the one-eyed werewolf]].
* {{Tuckerization}}: Creator/BruceCampbell. And Sergeant Creator/HGWells.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Cooper and Megan. [[spoiler:Her betraying the squad to the werewolves kind of put a damper on things.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Terry couldn't stomach [[TeamPet Sam (the dog)]] pulling at Wells' bandages (which were at the time, very bloody, and could be mistaken for intestines).
* WarriorPoet: Bruce has shades of this, although it's more evident in the deleted scenes than in the finished film.
* WeaponizedCamera: Megan uses the flash from a camera to stall the werewolves. [[spoiler:Later, just before Cooper escapes into the basement, Wells gives the roll of film to him, so he can prove the incident happened. The pictures taken show up before the ending credits start rolling.]]
* [[ZombieInfectee Werewolf Infectee]] [[spoiler: Ryan and in an inversion Harry Wells]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"They were always here. I just unlocked the door."]]
* WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat: "We need a diversion...something fast and loud." (Everyone looks at Spoon, who wasn't paying attention). '''Spoon:''' What? You what?
* WorldOfBadass: Almost everybody in the film, from the soldiers down to the werewolves themselves are pretty much certifiable badasses who can and will go down fighting.
* WorstNewsJudgementEver: {{Inverted}}, as the headline about the squad is overshadowed by the result of an international football match. The dead squaddies probably would have understood.
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