Friday, July 10, 2009

Dog Soldiers, What The F?!

Carl over at I Like Horror Movies blogged about this horrific injustice a couple months back as part of his 'Lame Cover Art' series, but it wasn't until last night that I actually came face to face with it and i've been left with no choice but to speak out about it too. I was browsing through my local library's selection, looking for my three movies to rent (three at a time limit), and I came across the below box art....


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Now that's all good and well....for a shitty SciFi original picture....which Dog Soldiers is far from. Dog Soldiers is one of the greatest werewolf movies of all time and THAT is the cover art they chose to slap on it? As Carl pointed out, those aren't even what the werewolves in the film looked like! Where the hell did this picture come from and how did it get attached to Dog Soldiers!?

Thankfully there are several other cover arts out there for this movie and the recent releases, including the Blu-ray and Steelbook, by First Look Pictures (who in 2005 bought out DEJ Productions ; the ones responsible for this injustice) utilize THIS art, but the fact that the above one is out there at all is truly worrisome (that doesn't look like it's spelt correctly, but it is!). How many people do you think have picked the flick up off the shelf and thrown it right back down without a moments thought solely based on that shit art? So help me god, if I have to buy the First Look release out of my own pocket and donate it to the library so that we can get rid of this abomination, I will!!

Moral of the story is, don't let that cover fool ya, Dog Soldiers kicks ass. And if you should ever come across DEJ's release in your travels, BUY IT AND BURN IT and keep it away from those who it might deter from renting/buying the movie!

Update : Oddly enough, DEJ also released Dog Soldiers with THIS cover art, which is probably the best of all of them. How they went from that to getting it so wrong, we may never know.

13 comments:

Wings said...

Yeah, that's bad. The second you have (dog tags) is the best, IMO.

JeffScape said...

Completely agree. Funny how the cover tag went from "From the Producer of Hellraiser" to "From the Director of The Descent," isn't it?

Johnny said...

Ha, ya. Reminds me. I was looking at the Dawn of the Dead (remake) Blu-ray in Best Buy the other day and right on the cover there's a huge blurb saying "FROM THE DIRECTOR OF 300!". Totally shameless....

Johnny said...

Here's the Dawn Blu-ray cover

Look at that! The blurb is huge and is obscuring the damn title of the movie!

Quanthor said...

Unfortuantely I actually own this unsightly edition. :(

Zach said...

I have the second cover art you reference because I bought it online a few years ago. I couldn't believe the cover art you show when I first saw it, asking my friends what they would think of the movie based on the cover. I said pretty much the same thing you did: Don't let it fool you!

Carl (ILHM) said...

Im glad Im not fucking crazy, I KNEW this cover art existed, no one else has seen it, but GOD DAMN is it shitty. It made my day to see this post Johnny, because werewolf flicks get the shaft when it comes to cover art. Just look at Curse of the Devil or Ginger Snaps. Fucking terrible. It turns people off before they ever get to see the flick. The only one that counteracts that with a vengeance is Company of Wolves, which forces ANYONE to watch the film based on the phenomenal cover art.

Johnny said...

It's strange cause this cover art doesn't even show up on Amazon. Must've been a very small number of the DVD's printed with that art and thank god for that!

JeffScape said...

Actually, that would be a good cover for a movie called Attack of the Gorilla Bears, don't you think?

Johnny said...

Haha indeed it would sir!

Bjornabo said...

Awfull cover, here the R2-cover:

http://samslinks.ucoz.org/Site/DogSoldiers.jpg

Not to bad IMO.

Johnny said...

love the quote on that one!

Cins said...

Could someone tell me why the howler monkies look so angry?