Outpost

  • 2008
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Horror

This modest UK shocker pits mercenaries against supernatural evil when the routine job they've signed on for proves anything but. Scientist Dr. Hunt (Julian Wadham), representing a shadowy group of investors, hires soldier of fortune DC (Ray Stevenson) for what promises to be an easy gig: Escort Hunt to a bunker in some grim corner, war-ravaged corner...read more

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This modest UK shocker pits mercenaries against supernatural evil when the routine job they've signed on for proves anything but.

Scientist Dr. Hunt (Julian Wadham), representing a shadowy group of investors, hires soldier of fortune DC (Ray Stevenson) for what promises to be an easy gig: Escort Hunt to a bunker in some grim corner, war-ravaged corner of Eastern Europe and get him out safely. The money is good, and it shouldn't take more than 48 hours, start to finish. What's in the bunker? "Minerals," Hunt replies. Aware that there's more to the mission than Hunt is admitting but convinced it's nothing his usual associates can't handle, DC assembles a crew and gets Hunt safely to his destination. But there's something not right about the place, starting with the inexplicable radio interference that disrupts communication between DC's men. The bunker itself is full of Nazi paraphernalia, and there's a pile of dead bodies inside, along with a single gaunt survivor (Scott Peden) who appears to have been traumatized into near catatonia. Someone has used the place recently, perhaps to conceal evidence of ethnic cleansing. As Hunt searches for the "minerals" he was hired to retrieve, the men posted above ground come under fire, while the men inside the bunker start to get the jitters. By the time they find out what Hunt was really sent to retrieve -- suffice it to say that the Third Reich's brightest minds were dabbling in some seriously weird science -- it's too late: They're trapped and facing a foe they have no idea how to fight.

Positioned as a zombie movie, this grim, small-scale thriller owes more to movies like SHOCKWAVES (1977) and THE KEEP (1983), which use the Third Reich's well-documented preoccupation with the occult as a springboard for creepy campfire tales. OUTPOST breaks no new ground, but delivers its shocks efficiently.

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  • Released: 2008
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This modest UK shocker pits mercenaries against supernatural evil when the routine job they've signed on for proves anything but. Scientist Dr. Hunt (Julian Wadham), representing a shadowy group of investors, hires soldier of fortune DC (Ray Stevenson)… (more)

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