Outpost – UK, 2008 – reviews

Outpost is a 2008 British horror film directed by Steve Barker from a screenplay by Rae Brunton.

In a seedy bar in a town ravaged by war, scientist and businessman Hunt (Julian Wadham) hires mercenary and former Royal Marine D.C. (Ray Stevenson) to assemble a crack team of ex-soldiers, Prior (Richard Brake), Jordan (Paul Blair), Cotter (Enoch Frost), Voytech (Julian Rivett), McKay (Michael Smiley) and Taktarov (Brett Fancy), to protect him on a dangerous journey into no man’s land. Their mission is to scope out an old military bunker in Eastern Europe. It should be easy – 48 hours at the most. Lots of cash for little risk. Or so he says…

Once at the outpost, the men make a horrific discovery – the scene of a bloody and gruesome series of experiments, carried out by the SS, in reality shifting and reanimation during World War II to create invincible soldiers. Amidst the carnage, they find a survivor (Johnny Meres)…

Reviews:

“Importantly, though, the Nazi zombies are brilliantly realised; grey slabs with faces never clearly defined and a penchant for bayoneting their victims accompanied by wince-inducing sound effects. It’s just a shame that it’s so long before they appear.” Film4

“Some might disapprove of director Steve Barker’s decision to leave a key death off-screen, but I liked it, it was sort of tasteful – and really, what’s the “best” way to depict the horrible death of a major hero? Either way, the film is great to look at throughout – the scope imagery fits well, and like The Descent, it’s dark but filled with enough contrast to keep it from being an ugly mess.” Horror Movie a Day

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“…most of the scares in Outpost come from the lighting and shadow effects: there’s nothing there; then suddenly – he’s behind you! It’s a shame that later in the film the shifting through space and time is abandoned in exchange for plain old walking because it is the speed at which the Nazis come and go that makes them frightening. Gore fans will probably find this film a bit tame, though there are a few cringe-worthy moments.” Cinefantastique

“Horror event of the year!” Kerrang

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Main cast and characters:

  • Julian Wadham as Hunt, “Company” agent
  • Richard Coyle as Wallace
  • Ray Stevenson as DC, British Royal Marine Warrant Officer
  • Richard Brake as Prior, United States Marine Corps
  • Paul Blair as Jordan, French Foreign Legionnaire
  • Brett Fancy as Taktarov (“Tak”), Russian Alpha Group
  • Enoch Frost as Cotter, Belgian Peacekeeper
  • Julian Rivett as Voyteche, Yugoslav military
  • Michael Smiley as McKay (“Mac”), British Army Parachute Regiment
  • Johnny Meres as Brigadeführer Götz, German Army Schutzstaffel (“The Breather”)

Filming locations:

Although set in Eastern Europe, filming was done in a munitions factory in Dalbeattie, in a forest near Castle Douglas, and in the Glasgow Film City studio complex in the Govan area of Glasgow.

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