Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz

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Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz
Directed by Kieran Parker
Written by Rae Brunton
Starring Bryan Larkin
Iván Kamarás
Michael McKell
Velibor Topic
Music by Al Hardiman
Patrick Jonsson
Cinematography Carlos De Carvalho
Edited by Naysun Alae-Carew
Release date
  • 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) (EIFF)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz, also known as Outpost 3, is a 2013 British sci-fi horror film and the third entry in the Outpost film series. Unlike its predecessors Outpost and Outpost: Black Sun, Rise of the Spetsnaz was not directed by Steve Barker and was instead directed by Kieran Parker, who had served as a producer on both of the prior films.[1][2] The film had its world premiere on 27 June 2013 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Rise of the Spetsnaz serves as a prequel to the series and is set during World War II and expands upon the creation of the invincible supernatural soldiers.[1]


Set during World War II, the film follows a group of Russian Special Forces soldiers, led by Dolokhov, that find themselves faced not only with zombie soldiers but also with the threat of themselves becoming part of the zombie corps.



While creating the film Parker chose to focus on the medical aspect of the zombie soldiers, whereas the previous two films took a more supernatural and mechanical approach.[1] Exterior filming took place in Ripon, Yorkshire while interiors were shot on a stage near Glasgow, Scotland, and filming took place over a 28-day period.[3]


Critical reception for Rise of the Spetsnaz has been mixed.[4] We Got This Covered and Dread Central both panned the film,[5] and We Got This Covered commented that "Despite the addition of Russian special forces soldiers, the Outpost franchise is beginning to lose steam by falling into a dull state of Nazi zombie filled redundancy."[6] In contrast The List and Fangoria both gave more positive reviews for Rise of the Spetsnaz,[7] and Fangoria wrote that "Despite its flaws, RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ is still a fun watch, offering enough for action and horror fans alike. It’s bloody and brutal while sleek and respectful of its place within the franchise, and sure to please fans of the first two films as well as the unfamiliar."[8]


  1. ^ a b c Hanley, Ken W. "Q&A: Director Kieran Parker on "OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ"". Fangoria. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kieran Parker". IMDb. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Grise, Michael. "Interview: Kieran Parker – Director (Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz)". HorrorNews.net. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "OUTPOST 3: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Jones, Gareth. "Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (review)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Donato, Matt. "Outpost: Rise Of The Spetsnaz Review". WGTC. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Northmore, Henry. "Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz". The List. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Hanley, Ken. ""OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ" (Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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