Outpost: Black Sun

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Outpost: Black Sun
Outpost2-poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Steve Barker
Produced by Arabella Croft
Kieran Parker
Nigel Thomas
Written by Steve Barker
Rae Brunton
Starring Catherine Steadman
Richard Coyle
Clive Russell
Michael Byrne
Johnny Meres
Music by Theo Green
Cinematography Darran Tiernan
Edited by Bill Gill, Chris Gill
Distributed by ContentFilm
Release date
  • 11 May 2012 (2012-05-11) (United Kingdom)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Outpost: Black Sun, also known as Outpost 2, is a 2012 British horror film directed by Steve Barker, based on a script written by himself and Rae Brunton. It is a sequel to Barker's 2008 film Outpost.[1] The film was later followed by Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz, the third entry in the series.[2]

Plot[edit]

Beginning immediately after the events of the first film, Nazi-hunter Lena (Catherine Steadman) is on the trail of a notorious war-criminal scientist, Klausener, who at the close of World War II had begun trials of a frightening new technology that can create an immortal army. While interrogating Neurath, one of Klausener's old Nazi colleagues, he dies from a heart attack. She searches his body and finds a map of Eastern Europe and documents relating to Hunt, the man from the first movie who was hired to locate an abandoned SS bunker that was the Site of Klausener's experiments. This indicates that Neurath and Klausener were the ones who hired Hunt, as well as the fact that the second mercenary team sent in to check out the bunker by Klausener report to him that they can find "no trace of your operative or his team", obviously referring to Hunt, D.C and the other mercenaries. Lena's search for Hunt, whom she believes can take her to Klausener, leads her to a war zone in Eastern Europe (although the exact location is never mentioned, maps clearly show former Yugoslavia). There she runs into an acquaintance, a physicist, Wallace (Richard Coyle). He informs her that Hunt and his mercenary bodyguards went to find the bunker and never returned. He encourages her to stop her search because he knows what is coming and she refuses. So, pooling resources, they end up helping a professional military unit they meet take on the advancing army, the product of Klausener's experiments, a battalion of zombie Nazi Storm Troopers. Their leader, Brigadefuhrer Gotz, also known as the 'breather' and another of Klausener's old SS associates, has attached Hunt to the large generator that controls the undead soldiers. Using Hunt, Gotz has managed to increase the range of the electro-magnetic field emitted by the generator. This has enabled him and his soldiers to travel beyond the bunker and massacre scores of people. Lena, Wallace, and the unit aim to shut down the source of the evil army and prevent a Fourth Reich.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Original Outpost producers Kieran Parker and Arabella Croft were joined by Matador producer Nigel Thomas for this sequel.[3]

Filming took place at the old Lockerbie Academy (prior to its demolition), Kirkcudbright Army Training Area and Castle Douglas [4]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for Outpost: Black Sun has been negative.[5][6][7] What Culture panned the film overall stating that although it initially held promise, the film "devolves into tedious trotting around dilapidated German villages" and that "Even if the direction and performances are generally decent for a film of the type, it plays out like a dull mission from a particularly naff first-person-shooter video game, until an absurd final boss – a super-Nazi hooked up to electricity – appears, and makes it even more difficult to take seriously."[8] In contrast, Anton Bitel of Little White Lies was positive in his review and praised the film's performances and production values.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Outpost: The Movies". Outpost. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ READIES FOR PRODUCTION". 
  3. ^ "Matador Pictures". 
  4. ^ "Outpost 2 being filmed across Dumfries and Galloway - Daily Record". dailyrecord.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Harley, David. "[BD Review] 'Outpost: Black Sun' Plays Out Like a Boring First-Person Shooter". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Blu-Ray Review: Outpost: Black Sun". Crave Online. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Outpost: Black Sun". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Munro, Shaun. "Film4 Frightfest the 13th – Day 3". What Culture. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Bitel, Anton. "Film4 FrightFest 2012 – Day 3". LittleWhiteLies. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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