Outpost

2007

Outpost

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A wealthy businessman hires a crack team of seasoned soldiers to accompany him on a perilous journey into no man's land, only to come face to face with an otherworldly enemy more vicious and powerful than any mortal foe. It was supposed to be an easy, forty-eight hour mission: Move in, scope out an abandoned military bunker, and move out. Once in the bunker, however, the fearless mercenaries begin to quake in their boots after happening across the remnants of some gruesome World War II experiments carried out by Nazi soldiers on their own men. Sifting through the carnage, the men are horrified to discover that one of the unfortunate test subjects is still clinging to life. Now, as bombs continue to burst above ground, a malevolent force emerges from the darkness below. Suddenly left with nowhere to run, the soldiers quickly realize that what appeared to be a by-the-books bodyguard mission has suddenly devolved into a bloody battle for survival. Why has their secretive host really brought them to this God-forsaken outpost, and is there any way of stopping the murderous force that hunts them from the dense shadows underground?

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  • Aug 09, 2014
    Outpost manages to standout as a terrifying, engaging and riveting horror film because the use of a simple idea, small cast and good gore effects are key to creating riveting and truly worthwhile entertainment for the ever demanding horror fan. I'll go right out and say it, this film isn't great, but it's a fun, low budget film that definitely should be seen by genre enthusiasts. The cast is headed by Ray Stevenson, who I quite enjoy, as he is an interesting choice of action star, an actor who I find to be underrated, and much more deserving of praise, because he has skill to entice action fans, yet he has powerful, charismatic on-screen presence that is not excellent, but works quite well considering the big name "action" stars that try far too hard. Anyhow, he's good at what he does, and here he's perfect for the role he plays. Outpost is horror the way it should be, and it's a film that should find a bigger audience in the years to come, as it's really an interesting, thrilling, gory film that has many elements that will be cherished by genre fans. This film, add nothing new to the genre, doesn't reinvent the rules, break new ground or anything like that, but what it does however is create an atmosphere of dread, fear, and nail biting horror sci fi action that is simply hard to ignore. This is not perfect, but it's a film that is hard to ignore when the concept, execution and chaos is hard to ignore. This is simply a lot of fun, and is sure to be a cult hit with a large following of fans in many years to come.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Though not exactly a "Nazi Zombie" movie, it's still a "Nazi Undead" movie, so that counts for something. When a band of motley mercenaries go on a low-paid recon mission to war-raved Easter Europe supposedly to check out mineral supplies, they find themselves betrayed and left for dead being picked off one-by-one while fighting against an unknowable enemy. The film's cast is absolutely fucking stellar. Mixing a couple of well knowns with relatively unheard names, the cast is small, but incredible. My favourite actor ever Ray Stevenson (Rome, King Arthur, Thor, Punisher: War Zone, The Book of Eli) plays Ex-British Royal Marine Warrant Officer and Mercenary Commander D.C. along side, U.S. Marine Prior (Richard Brake - Rob Zombie's Halloween II, Hannibal Rising, Doom, Batman Begins, Death Machine), Scottish French Foreign Legionnaire Jordan (Paul Blair - Book of Blood, Taggart, Cracked), Russian Alpha Group Soldier Taktarov (Brett Fancy - EastEnders, The Bill, Silent Witness, Hustle, Jonathan Creek, The Pale Horse), Belgian Peacekeeper Cotter (Enoch Frost - The Bill, Rome), Yugoslav Military Soldier Voyteche (Julian Rivett - The Bill, Rome, Spooks) and Ex-IRA Guerilla and British Paratrooper McKay (Michael Smiley - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Burke & Hare, WIre in the Blood, Hustle) are hired by Hunt (Julian Wadham - The English Patient, Exorcist: The Beginning, Taggart, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, The Madness of King George, The Trial of Lord Lucian). Outpost is an interesting mix of Horror, Action, Sci-Fi and War films, with just a little bit of humour and actual science thrown in for good measure. I quite often like throwing Nazis in for good measure, and this is a perfect example of it. Plenty of people will say that the first hour of the film could've been dropped in favour of a couple of minutes of exposition-laiden dialogue and some more explosions, but fuck those people! Set-up is everything, and the more screen time we can have of Ray Stevenson doing his stuff the better. Admittedly for such a long first and second act we didn't really find out a whole lot, but at least in this example I found it actually just added to the realism. In essence the film is creepy. It wasn't one of the five films ever made to have actually scared me, but there is an overtone of eeriness for the whole movie, and a couple of moments with suspense or shock to rival the best. It's not all heavy on the gore, it more focuses on making its very few deaths harrowing, a number of them even appearing off screen. Finding an excuse to put Die Glocke in a movie is also instant points as far as I'm concerned. Outpost also serves in part as social commentary, which I always enjoy. Without giving too much away, I also like films that are really fucking depressing, so to me, Outpost works wonders. 84% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2011
    Nazi Zombies! Despite this films minor flaws around the edges I still thourghouly enoyed this flick. Specially the second half. Starts out a little slow, but manages to keep you interested till the end. And it does eventually really deliver. Not terribly graphic on the gore side of things, but this is more action oriented in its violence quotient so whatever. Reminded me of Dog Soldiers but with Nazi Zombies instead of Werewolfs. Easy movie to watch. Thats it,
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  • Jul 12, 2011
    <i>"By early 1945, the party was over. The war was essentially lost and the German military machine was falling apart. All the files show that the SS sent in a unit to shut this place down. And as far as I can see, nobody walked out alive."</i> <p> They say war is hell, and this age-old cliché has been exemplified in pretty much every war picture to date. 2008's <i>Outpost</i> is a film which literalises this adage, incorporating the horrors of war into a traditional horror picture. Every now and again, a small-time, low-budget horror film comes out of nowhere to catch genre fans off-guard with an unexpected magnum opus. Films like <i>Dog Soldiers</i> immediately come to mind as a good illustration of this, delivering the sort of horror experience that we don't see often enough. Happily, director Steve Barker's <i>Outpost</i> is another one of these movies. In terms of story and ideas, this is not particularly groundbreaking flick (even the DVD cover openly identifies films it shares similarities with), but it is a <b>badass</b> horror/action gem which competently accomplishes everything that a good horror film ought to accomplish. <p> In the picture's opening moments, career soldier-of-fortune DC (Stevenson) is hired by corporate engineer Hunt (Wadham) to assemble a team of mercenaries. Their assignment is to protect Hunt as he travels into an Eastern European civil war zone to conduct a mineralogical survey on property recently acquired by his employers. During their travels they stumble upon a dilapidated, seemingly abandoned old bunker, which, as it turns out, belonged to the Nazis during World War II. Investigation soon reveals that the Nazis used the bunker for brutal experiments blending the occult with science, resulting in a legion of marauding Nazi zombie apparitions who begin stalking and killing the mercenaries. Before long, DC and his men are engaged in a dangerous conflict against an unstoppable enemy. <p> Running at a hair under 85 minutes and forgoing unnecessary fluff, <i>Outpost</i> is exceedingly taut. The characters and their goals are briskly established in a masterfully efficient opening segment before the film's meat and potatoes elements begin to appear, with scares, intoxicating build-ups of tension, and an apprehensive atmosphere. It doesn't take long for the characters to realise that there's something amiss about the bunker, and likewise it isn't long before the men learn that their client has been misleading about his true motives. It's a shame, though, that the film feels a tad underdone - more could have been done in terms of character development and exploring the mythology behind the Nazi zombies. Oh well, at least there's leeway for sequels to further explore aspects of the mythology. <p> Most contemporary horror films are predominantly concerned with gory kills, but director Steve Barker chose to rely mainly on atmosphere rather than cheap shocks and predictable jump scares. While helpless victims are slaughtered here, <i>Outpost</i>'s mercenaries feel like the real deal rather than dumb knife fodder, and their operational skills show that they are experienced professionals. Additionally, the question of "<i>Why don't these idiots just leave?</i>" is addressed early into the action, allowing the mercs to be believably trapped in an unenviable situation with no easy escape. <p> Luckily, despite a low budget, Rae Brunton's superlative screenplay was competently transferred to the screen. <i>Outpost</i> is <i>insanely</i> creepy and atmospheric, and Gavin Struthers' cinematography is a huge help in this regard. Most of the proceedings take place within the tiny Nazi bunker, lending a claustrophobic feel to the grimy interiors. The photography is also desaturated to the point of near monochrome, allowing the film to feel more insidious and chilling. Furthermore, the lighting techniques are to be commended. In fact, <i>Outpost</i> should be screened in film school to provide a crash course on how to light scenes for maximum effect. The soundscape is equally outstanding, from the haunting melodies composed by James Brett to the eerie ambient noises of the film's key locations. <p> Character development is somewhat lightweight here, yet each of the mercenaries were imbued with distinctive characterisations to ensure that none of them become interchangeable victims amid the blood-letting. As an added bonus, the mercenaries were portrayed by a charismatic bunch of badasses who genuinely look like hardened soldiers. In the main role of DC is Ray Stevenson, who featured in the television series <i>Rome</i> as well as 2008's <i>Punisher: War Zone</i>. As the tough-as-nails leader of this hardened crew, Stevenson is effortlessly badass. Beside him, in the role of Hunt, Julian Wadham is constantly believable and intense. All of the actors truly disappeared into their roles - indeed, when you look at Michael Smiley you will not think of his role in the TV series <i>Spaced</i>. Most horror movies falter in the acting department, but <i>Outpost</i> is positively and comprehensively faultless. <p> Produced on a tiny budget, <i>Outpost</i> is a minimalistic Brit horror film in all aspects, with a narrow scope and little in the way of flashy special effects. It's also really, <i>really</i> damn good, and just as satisfyingly violent and gory as any contemporary horror picture. It may not be entirely original (the whole Nazi experiment conceit is not exactly fresh), but it's a damn solid chiller and a worthy picture to behold in an age of torture porn, horror remakes and hackneyed slasher pictures.
    Cal ( Super Reviewer

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