One of my favorite surprises from last year's Fantastic Fest was Jake West's Doghouse. The surprise came not from me finally liking a Jake West film - quite the opposite, actually, as West's Evil Aliens is one of the few splatter-happy horror movies I love - but from me having no idea the film even existed. Until Fantastic Fest programmed the film, I had no idea what it was about, no idea that it starred Danny Dyer, and no idea of what kind of pseduo-zombie fun West was about to unleash. So now that IFC has made Doghouse available On Demand as part of their Midnight label, I want to make sure as many people as possible do actually know about the film. To quote IFC:
"In the tradition of other great UK comedy horror films like Shaun of the Dead and Severance comes DOGHOUSE. Six men with mid-life anxiety set out for a weekend in the country in an attempt to reconnect with their masculinity. What they find is a catastrophe so horrible and bizarre that a mid-life crisis turns out to be exactly what they need to survive it. The battle of the sexes just got bloody!"
Now I'm not sure if two films counts as a "tradition", but as far as deft blends of laughs and splat go, Doghouse is indeed in league with both Shaun and Severance. So if you like to take diversions from more serious horror movies to movies that shock with jokes as often as they do outrageous gore gags, Doghouse is right up your alley. Check out the trailer below and then check your local cable listings for availability.