Battledogs 2009 TV-14 CC

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All of Manhattan is quarantined when the "Lupine Virus" spreads like wildire; turning innocent civilians into ravenous wolf-men. Nothing short of a nuclear blast can stop the monstrous virus...unless someone finds a cure.

Starring:
Craig Sheffer, Dennis Haysbert
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Director Alexander Yellen
Starring Craig Sheffer, Dennis Haysbert
Supporting actors Kate Vernon, Ariana Richards, Bill Duke, Wes Studi, Ernie Hudson, Benjamin James, Anthony Pacella, Darin Cooper, Afrim Gjonbalaj, Rich Lounello, Frank Rossi, Michael Cipiti, Richard Satterwhite, Cameron Gordon, Douglas Buczak, Giovanni Roselli, Rodney Roldan, Jayson Simba
Studio The Global Asylum
MPAA rating TV-14
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: Blu-ray
Asylum Films (in conjunction with the SyFy Channel) are notorious for creating monstrously bad creature features. Whether producing cheap imitations of movies currently in theaters (mockbusters) or coming up with the next awesome genetic hybrid, the best Asylum films can be relied on for a chuckle or two. The worst, however, can be absolutely painful. "Battledogs" is somewhat surprising, it plays as a straight werewolf saga as opposed to something distinctly more wacky. This makes it better than most of Asylum's efforts, and also somewhat less fun. It's not really until the second half that "Battledogs" embraces an over-the-top lunacy that really entertains. What this film does offer, however, is a better cast than you might expect. Not only does it have decent actors, they are actually given the opportunity to try to develop more complex characters. Imagine that! What a novelty for a SyFy movie. The cast includes Craig Sheffer, Dennis Haysbert, Kate Vernon, Ernie Hudson, Ariana Richards, Wes Studi, and Bill Duke.

The conceit of the movie is that it treats a werewolf uprising as if it's a viral outbreak. I liked how the movie kicked off its plot. Patient Zero (Richards, who happens to be that little girl from Jurassic Park), so to speak, arrives in a New York airport feeling a bit under the weather. Before she can even collect her luggage, she turns into a big beastie and savages the other travelers. This sets off a chain reaction as many of the attack victims convert to werewolf status. The airport is quarantined and it's time for the experts to take over. Vernon plays a scientist from the CDC, Sheffer is a military investigator, and Haysbert plays the requisite military psycho who sees the potential in weaponizing the disease.
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By Zalmorion the Fantastic on January 31, 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Terrible movie. The lowest of budgets. Poor acting. There are maybe three or four decent actors/actresses. The corniest, fakest effects and make-up. Just laughable. You can see the fake teeth, fake hair. Sloppy computer graphics superimposed on people. The werewolves look WORSE than movies from the early 80's. Video games today look incredibly realistic, yet this flop could not pull off a single werewolf.

If you cannot make a realistic werewolf or a terrifying change, DON'T MAKE A WEREWOLF MOVIE!!! If I put two dead fish on my bare feet and jumped into a pool, you would think I was a mermaid before you thought these atrocities were werewolves.

That said, the story had potential. Could have been a decent horror movie with better writers, effects, etc.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Howwwwwoooooo did this crap get made?
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By Bartok Kinski on July 7, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The only thing interesting about this rubbish flick is that some of it was filmed in the Buffalo Central Terminal (1929), a former railroad station in Buffalo, New York. You get to see the exterior, the Office tower, the baggage building and the yard. The 17-story Art Deco style station is awesome, if you're an architecture buff, that's the only reason to sit through this junk.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ribcage on September 22, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Battledogs has a premise that lends itself to being a totally fun over the top schlockfest. All of Manhattan at risk of turning werewolf?? A corrupt general trying to use the virus to create super soldier dogs of war?? And a cast NOT culled from the bottom of the barrel?? I couldn't wait to pop this one in.

The werewolves did look decent considering the budget, and the makeup effects on the injured victims were great too. Would have liked to see more of the transformations, but I guess they just couldn't get a workable effect down with the budget.

Unfortunately, it focuses primarily on the "corrupt general" aspect and not so much on the WEREWOLVES BATTLEDOGS aspect. Besides the opening outbreak, there is very little action in the first 45 minutes, and once all hell breaks loose and the dogs are set on N.Y.... most of the action involves our protagonists having to fight off corrupt soldiers and not werewolves. There is painfully little werewolf action.

Once you get around that, it's actually not a totally unwatchable low-budget thriller (assuming you recognize that this is from Asylum not Warner Brothers and know what to appropriately expect). The pace is a bit slow at times, and understanding the production you could pick apart the story all day long, but it's not like you can't have some fun with this movie. It has some good moments once it gets its legs halfway through.

I just can't give it higher marks though because of the monumental lack of werewolves... They put hordes of the things in New York, mark it up as a major premise of the film, but then they become a complete aside to stopping the bad guy general's agenda. The heroes only have TWO encounters with werewolves while running through a city that is said to have HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of these things. We get a brief battle with the Army versus a massive horde, and that's about it. So much for Battledogs!
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