Poor Vince is struggling to come to terms with his divorce. His mates decide to take him on a lads' drinking weekend to a remote village where there are four women to every man. When they arrive, they find the village full of maneaters - but not the kind they were hoping for. These are violent, cannibalistic, zombie-type women. And they can't wait to get their hands on some men.
When the film started I was initially surprised how funny it was. It sends up the blokiness of the main characters, and pokes fun at 'lads culture' in general. There are clever little discrete details to look out for as well, and it's worth keeping an eye on the scenery and the soundtrack. I did find myself laughing out loud several times.
Unfortunately once the action gets going, not all the humour works, largely due to some lazy writing. For example - at one point, realising the zombie women are only attacking men, three of the friends put on dresses, wigs and makeup and totter into the street. It all starts to feel a bit Bernard Bresslaw in the Carry On films, which was amusing back in the 70s. When another character meets them he says, "Alright gays.. er, guys." Oh dear.
To be honest I had put off watching this because I'm not a big fan of Danny Dyer and the cocky Cockney Geezer character he seems to play every time. On this occasion - his fans will be pleased to hear - it's no different. Though I expect that persona is exactly why he was chosen for this. The men start the film as annoyingly laddish, and by the end they haven't really changed much. The women are either cannibalistic killers or nagging girlfriends/wives. It's hard to relate to or sympathise with any of the characters.
On the positive side there is plenty of gore to see, and although the film isn't particularly frightening, the special effects are very good. When the humour actually works, it works well. But there is a thin line here between campy silliness and offensiveness. It's basically a battle-of-the-sexes action/comedy (makes me think of the first 'On The Buses' film, but with zombies). And then there's the ending. Oh dear. One of the most unsatisfying conclusions to a horror movie I've ever seen. Could the writers just not think of a decent way to wind up the story?
I didn't hate Doghouse. Parts of it were very entertaining and there were certainly bits that made me laugh. But equally there were parts that made me cringe. If you're still mourning the demise of Nuts magazine, or you prefer your zombies to have huge bosoms, you will probably think this is amazing.