Mikey (Noel Clarke) has arranged for them to stay at his aunt's house in the secluded village of Moodley, where he claims women outnumber men four to one. When they arrive, though, they discover that this isn't such a good thing, because the town has been the subject of a military experiment that has turned the women into raving, murderous lunatics with a craving for male flesh.
The End Result
Those of you familiar with Evil Aliens will probably appreciate the considerably higher budget of this film, although you still get the feeling that it deserved a bigger spectacle, as there was never a true "horde" of zombie-like infected in the movie -- rarely more than 10 or so.
Still, it's a fun film that draws you in with its lighthearted revelry and great look, full of grisly, over-the-top old-school makeup effects (read: no CGI) that are probably the main selling point of the movie. The FX folks clearly had fun designing the infected, crafting an individual persona for each, from the axe-wielding bride to the scissoring hairdresser to the obese housewife, the leather-clad goth witch and the burly butcher.
All of this makes for great atmosphere, but the script doesn't take full advantage of it. The humor is uneven and sometimes lazily written, favoring an easy gag or one-liner over something that takes more thought. The characters likewise could've used a bit more depth than the one-note characterizations we get (Neil = player, Matt = geek, Graham = gay, etc.) to make them more likable. As it is, the movie feels in stretches like an extended beer commercial: cheap, lowbrow, male-centric humor.
- Acting: B- (Solid, although the comedic timing is uneven at times.)
- Direction: B (Madcap cinematic flair.)
- Script: C- (Fun concept, but lazy writing doesn't make full use of it.)
- Gore/Effects: A- (Awesome makeup effects, gore and character design.)
- Overall: B- (Zany low-brow fun with dubious morality.)
Doghouse is directed by Jake West and is not rated by the MPAA (though would certainly warrant an R). Release date: June 9, 2010 (on-demand); DVD release date TBD.