Tonight's film was 2002's Dog Soldiers. Dog Soldiers is a British film written and directed by Neil Marshall (this was his first full-length feature, his second film, The Descent, is scheduled to be released in the US on August 4th).
The film is basically a carbon copy of James Cameron's 1986 classic Aliens, but with a were wolf twist. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this film is a complete rip-off and doesn't deserve to be seen, I'm just simply saying that it's heavily dependent on the plot points used in Aliens.
This film has reached cult classic status (with films like Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later) because of its skillful directing, cinematography and acting - there's a nice chemistry in the cast that plays well on screen. Sean Pertwee plays Sgt. Harry G. Wells (H.G. Wells, anybody?) and Sean McKidd as Pte. Cooper who serves as the film's main hero and major bad ass.
There's tons of homages and references to other films, from Aliens to The Matrix to The Wild Bunch, there's even a reference to Star Trek and one character is named Bruce Campbell. It's a fun horror flick that achieves so much while using so little. There wasn't much of a budget to this film, but the use of quite nice looking werewolf costumes and an independence from CGI allow this film to keep it's honor and dignity, even if it does borrow heavily from other films.
I'm eager to see The Descent, when I saw the trailer I was quite intrigued and to be honest didn't know it was being done by Marshall until after viewing this film.