Trivia / Dog Soldiers

  • Bad Export for You: The film wasn't released theatrically in America - save for a one week run in LA - and premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Neil Marshall had only directed short films before and was working as an editor. This was his first feature.
  • California Doubling: Set in Scotland, filmed in Luxembourg.
  • Corpsing: This was apparently the director's reaction when they shot the barn exploding.
    "Luckily it wasn't sound-dependent, but I thought it was just awesome."
  • Creator Cameo: The insurance didn't cover the actors jumping out of the helicopter at the start of the film. As many of the crew were ex-military, they doubled up and did it themselves. They also doubled for the soldiers during some of the tabbing shots.
  • Development Hell: The sequel seems to be stuck here. It's been over a decade since the announcement of Dog Soldiers: Fresh Meat, and though a trailer for Dog Soldiers: Red was revealed in 2011, very little is known about the status of the production.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Sean Pertwee was actually drunk for the scene where Cooper and Megan stitch up his wounds.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Megan and Ryan's backstory was added by producers and Neil Marshall dislikes it - feeling it doesn't make sense. There was more in the film, but he cut out as much as he could.
    • Subverted in another case. A producer tried to get them to change the title to 'Night of the Werewolves', but Neil Marshall refused.
  • Fake Brit: The British Captain Ryan is played by the Irish Liam Cunningham.
  • Jossed:
    • IMDB claimed the working title was 'The Last Stand', but Neil Marshall says he has never heard of it before.
    • Neil also denies that Spoon was nicknamed purely for the "there is no Spoon" line in the third act.
  • Name's the Same: Sgt. Harry G Wells is named after H. G. Wells, one of Neil Marshall's favourite authors.
  • No Budget: Made for about £2.3 million. Neil Marshall jokes that today it wouldn't be considered as low, since home technology has improved.
  • Shown Their Work: It's implied that the movie takes place on the 1st September 2001 - where England did beat Germany 5-1. That night was indeed a full moon.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Neil Marshall envisioned a trilogy but has said that it probably won't happen, as the rights don't belong to him. His plans alternated between Cooper battling more werewolves or other supernatural creatures (which is foreshadowed when the men wonder what other mythical beasts are real).
  • Throw It In!:
    • During the scene where the delirious Sarge demands that Cooper knock him out, Kevin McKidd accidentally punched Sean Pertwee. The pause where McKidd checks on Pertwee after feeling the punch connect was left in the film.
    • A clock on the wall is broken. Neil Marshall smashed it to make sure that the hands moving wouldn't cause continuity problems.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • Neil Marshall jokes about doing several takes of Terry throwing up on Ryan's head.
    • Chris Robson (Joe) revealed he couldn't drive right before filming the bit with the truck. Neil Marshall made him attempt it anyway.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jason Statham was originally cast as Cooper, but dropped out of the production to do The Transporter instead. In addition, a sequel was planned, Fresh Meat, seeing Cooper encountering the American team his section was to have exercises with, as more werewolves emerge.
    • Simon Pegg was offered a role but turned it down to save his first horror film for Shaun of the Dead.
    • Spoon's death was originally shown on screen, where he would be ripped in half by a wolf. It was given a Gory Discretion Shot because Neil Marshall didn't think audiences could handle such a graphic death for a beloved character.
    • The part where Megan cuts her hand on a pane of glass was - according to Word of God - meant to be set-up for a second sequel about werewolf DNA.
    • Sam tugging on Sarge's bandages was scripted to be his actual intestines.
    • Bruce was meant to die by being thrown off a cliff. This proved too difficult to do, so him being impaled on a tree, and then attacked by the wolves was done instead.
  • Write What You Know: Neil Marshall says part of the Gallows Humour the men display comes from what he knows about the military - since his father and grandfather served.
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