Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Outpost

Dir. Steve Barker, 2008

In present-day war-torn Eastern Europe, a group of mercenaries are hired to safely escort their client to a long-forgotten WWII bunker. Amid much talk of Nazi gold, the group quickly locate and unseal the bunker – where they are forced to take refuge after being fired upon from the surrounding forest. Once inside, however, things quickly go from bad to worse. Crumbling film spools reveal details of a Nazi experiment to create super-soldiers. Shadowy figures are glimpsed flitting about the darkened corridors. Ghosts? Zombies? Or some time-bending effect produced by the strange machine being investigated by the client? And then the deaths begin.

This is a terrific little horror film, high on tension and fright, low on SFX (although there’s a fair amount of realistic gore). The script is simple and engrossing, and the acting is simply superb, with each and every character portrayed with gritty realism (no clich├ęd Hollywood soldiers-of-fortune, here). The greatest compliment I can give this production is that, while watching the DVD in the reassuring comfort of my own home, I actually had to walk out of the room during one particular scene in order to steady my nerves.

This is a definite must-see; one of the better horror flicks I’ve seen in the past few years.

(Originally posted to HorrorScope, 2009)

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