Review by Jack Foley
JUST when you thought the Nazis couldn’t get any more evil, someone goes and transforms them into an invincible army of ghosts/zombies for new British movie Outpost.
Steve Barker’s film, though silly in the extreme, is an enjoyable piece of hokum that functions as a pretty decent low-budget horror experience.
It’s the present day and world-weary ex-Royal Marine DC (Ray Stevenson) is recruited by mysterious English engineer Hunt (Julian Wadham) to lead him into the woods somewhere in Eastern Europe to conduct some secret investigations.
Together with a team of no-nonsense mercenaries, they locate a hidden bunker that may have been used by the Nazis to conduct mystery experiments designed to create an invincible army and quickly find themselves being picked off one by one by an unseen force.
Recalling the spirit of Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers as well as Deathwatch, Outpost overcomes some clunky dialogue and obvious budget limitations to toss in some decent shocks and suitably sick violence (eyeballs being punctured, multiple stabbings, etc, etc).
It could have benefited more from not taking itself so seriously, but the cast acquit themselves well and the occasional conversation about the repercussions of war and killing for a living do hold plenty of resonance. The killer Nazis, too, are used sparingly but effectively and leave a suitably chilling impression.
Unfortunately, there are one too many lapses in logic and Barker does run out of ideas some way before the lacklustre ending, but he does display some promising touches as a filmmaker, including a sly piece of ’40s animation that charts the rise of the invincible soldiers.
Outpost is far from perfect but given the budget constraints and the hamminess of its central concept, it remains a guilty pleasure that could well be destined for cult status.
Running time: 84mins
UK DVD Release: September 15, 2008