Outpost (film)

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Outpost
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Steve Barker
Produced by Arabella Croft
Kieran Parker
Written by Rae Brunton
Starring Ray Stevenson
Julian Wadham
Richard Brake
Michael Smiley
Enoch Frost
Paul Blair
Julian Rivett
Brett Fancy and Johnny Meres.
Music by James Seymour Brett
Cinematography Gavin Struthers
Edited by Alastair Reid
Distributed by ContentFilm
Release dates
  • 11 March 2008 (2008-03-11) (United States)
  • 16 May 2008 (2008-05-16) (United Kingdom)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Outpost is a 2008 British horror film, directed by Steve Barker and written by Rae Brunton, about a rough group of experienced mercenaries who find themselves fighting for their lives after being hired to take a mysterious businessman into the woods to locate a WWII-era military bunker.

Plot[edit]

In a seedy bar in a town ravaged by war, scientist and businessman Hunt (Julian Wadham) hires former Royal Marine turned mercenary 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.

Once at the outpost, the men make a horrific discovery that changes the dynamics of the entire mission: the scene of a bloody and gruesome series of occultistic Nazi experiments, carried out by the SS during World War II, using reality shifting and reanimation to create invincible soldiers. Amidst the carnage, they find a survivor, Götz (Johnny Meres).

At night, the clearing around the bunker is suddenly lit, and silhouettes of people are seen against the light. Soon after, Taktarov is gruesomely killed by an unseen foe. Later the same night Voyteche is killed by two Nazis. The next morning, Voyteche and Taktarov's dead bodies are found joined at the head, with Taktarov's skull containing a spent round. D.C. demands answers regarding the assignment from Hunt: an unnamed corporation wanted Hunt to find and recover a large generator-like device responsible for the SS's reality-shifting experiments. D.C. orders Cotter to retrieve Hunt from the generator room. While trying to convince Hunt to leave, Cotter is killed by an SS soldier with a pickaxe. It is revealed that Götz is actually a surviving SS brigadier general - a "breather." When Prior kills Götz, the "breather" comes back to life and MacKay is killed. The mercenaries and Hunt attempt to evacuate the outpost, only to be slaughtered by the undead German army.

A second corporate team arrives 72 hours later to carry out the same assignment, only to find a "breather" among the piles of naked corpses. The clearing is lit again, revealing the illuminated soldiers surrounding the bunker. In the distance stands the brigadier general, who gives the SS soldiers a nod, and they begin their assault on the team.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was produced by Scottish couple Arabella Croft and Kieran Parker and their production company Black Camel Pictures. They mortgaged their Glasgow home in order to raise £200,000 to finance production. The script is by Rae Brunton, based on Parker's original concept, which he described as "Platoon meets The Sixth Sense".[1]

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.[1][2] Filming began in January 2007.

Sony Pictures bought distribution rights to the film for £1.2 million.[1] Sony released it directly to DVD in the USA on March 11, 2008. Following favourable reviews, the film was exhibited theatrically across Europe. The film's European premiere was at a gala showing as part of the Dumfries Film Festival [1][3] on the 3rd of May 2008, followed by limited distribution to 130 UK cinemas.

Reception[edit]

The original reception was mixed. Andrew Smith at Popcorn Pictures stated that the film was "tense, chilling and downright scary at times, proving correct the age old myth that gore and extreme violence are no substitute for good old fashioned atmosphere."[4] Outpost currently holds a three star rating (5.9/10) on IMDb.

Sequels[edit]

Teaser poster for Outpost 2: Black Sun

A direct-to-DVD sequel, entitled Outpost: Black Sun, was released in 2012.[5][6] The film has been written by Steve Barker and Rae Brunton while Barker has returned as director.[7] This sequel was granted £25,000 of funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council.[8]

In February 2012, a second sequel was announced titled Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz which will be going into production in April 2012.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Govan zombies taste film success", BBC News website, 16 April 2008
  2. ^ Document : Film Premiere Comes to Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway council website, 16th April 2008
  3. ^ "May programme", Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre website
  4. ^ Outpost (2008) Review Popcorn Pictures
  5. ^ "Brit Zombie Film Outpost Gets a Sequel". ESplatter.com. May 16, 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Outpost II: Black Sun Begins Casting". Bloody Disgusting. August 18, 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Outpost II: Black Sun Artwork and Stills". DreadCentral. 
  8. ^ "ContentFilm picks up horror sequel Outpost II"
  9. ^ "OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ READIES FOR PRODUCTION". 

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