OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ (2013) Reviews and overview

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Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz – also known as Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz – is a 2013 British zombie horror film directed by Kieran Parker from a screenplay by Rae Brunton (writer of Outpost and Outpost: Black Sun).

Main cast:

Bryan Larkin, Iván Kamarás, Michael McKell, Velibor Topic, Laurence Possa, Ben Lambert, Alec Utgoff, Vince Docherty, Gareth Morrison, Leo Horsfield and Vivien Taylor.

In the film, “we discover the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers and see them in a ferocious gladiatorial battle against the most ruthless and notorious of all military special forces: the Russian Spetsnaz.”


“With producer and story credits on the first two instalments Kieran Parker makes his directorial debut and you can tell he knows the Outpost films inside and out. This is a plus – in terms of style and pace it slots in seamlessly with the previous movies – and also a minus: the film’s muted, muddy, khaki colour scheme has made the series rather monotonous. However, it’s probably the most action-packed yet with plenty of claret flowing and multiple zombie fatalities.” The List

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“The relentless, brutal and lovingly-rendered gore is all done in-camera too – fans of blood spurt will have plenty to delight over. The dialogue is riddled with more than a few action movie clichés, but this is no bar to enjoying the fast-paced, grimly serious character drama and epic bloodletting. For gore fans, this is a treat.” The Skinny

“The story is weak, the script is pathetic, the muck-faced sprinting zombie is embarrassing and the sound design is a mix of gunfire, loud noises and shouting. It’s a shame, as the original film was a distinctly underrated and highly original little piece of work. With the direction, it’s headed for this and the preceding entry, consider Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz the final nail in the coffin for what began as a promising franchise.” Dread Central


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