Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013)

Director: Kieran Parker

Writer: Rae Brunton (Screenplay)

Starring: Bryan Larkin, Ivan Kamaras, Velibor Topic, Laurence Possa, Alec Utgoff, Johnny Meres, Michael McKell

 

Plot: In this third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action horror movie, Outpost: Rise Of The Spetnaz, we discover the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers and see them in ferocious gladiatorial battle against the most ruthless and notorious of all military special forces: the Russian Spetsnaz.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Sloppy and Poor Sequel

 

Story: Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz starts in 1945 as we follow a Russian special forces unit led by Dolokhov (Larkin) navigating the German forest looking for the secret base which has rumours of special experiments.

The plan doesn’t go the way they hoped, they find themselves captured or killed, waking in an underground bunker where they must find a way out joined by American spy Rogers (Lambert), they will learn the truth about the German experiments.

 

Thoughts on Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz

 

Characters – Dolokhov is the leader of the Russian military unit searching for the secrets to the German’s work during World War II, he is loyal to his men and when he starts seeing them killed he will fight back no matter what the odds. Captured he goes through the experiments proving to be the best candidate for the Germans. When we reach the rest of the characters, we hit the weaknesses here, we have the rest of the unit which gets picked off bit by bit, the German soldiers and scientist with only one standing out, that being the man running the outpost.

PerformancesWhen we look at the performances we must face the facts here, the characters are not that interesting which doesn’t give the actors must to work with, Bryan Larkin in the lead role is fine with the combat side of everything, but when it comes to the deep fake accent we see the weakness coming through too often. This is a problem for most of the stars of the film.

StoryThe story here tries to continue to build on the legacy behind this mysterious bunker which was the focal point of the very first Outpost movie, this time we follow Russians that are searching for the bunker only to become the latest victims. Now this has many problems early on, the first film we know this place is abandoned which makes the story interesting, this film tries to explain what happened in the bunker before the English unit finds the location, well I think that is what I saw. The idea that the German’s were doing experiments has been done too much which only leaves us thinking we have seen this before because of the lack of shock behind anything we see. This is a story which doesn’t give us enough investment in the characters to make us care about what is happening through the film.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is war based, with gun shots through the woods, fighting in the bunker and genre hordes of zombie fighting, certain scenes are shot badly with too many cuts and the action does feel clunky. The horror side of the film comes from seeing what the experiments were about and how the zombie like soldiers will not stop, this does play into the sci-fi elements of the film too as we see how far the Nazi’s were going in the war.

SettingsThe film mostly takes place in the bunker, or outpost if you like, it doesn’t feel as claustrophobic as the first film and the lighting makes this a harder watch too.

Special EffectsThe effects are basic and with the editing we lose the moments of gore we would like to see.


Scene of the Movie –
Unleash for the fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Nothing is exciting.

Final ThoughtsThis feels more like a pointless sequel in a franchise which has already gone on too long for its own good.

 

Overall: Dull and lifeless.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Let Us Prey (2014)

preyDirector: Brian O’Malley

Writer: David Cairns, Fiona Watson (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Douglas Russell, Niall Greig Fulton, Jonathan Watson

 

Plot: Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Worst Town Ever

 

Story: Let Us Prey starts when a mysterious stranger (Cunningham) appears in a small Scottish village. PC Rachel Heggie (McIntosh) witness regular offender Caesar (Vernel) hit this stranger but the man is gone. We continue to meet the rest of the police team Warnock (Larkin), Mundie (Stanbridge) and SGT MacReady (Russell).

The Stranger seems to have the ability to show each person their deepest darkest secrets showing that they need to pay for what they have done. As the night continues people start dying and we are left to wonder what all the secrets are for each character.

Let Us Prey brings us the idea of a stranger coming to a town to collect souls, he never harms anyone along the way. I do have to wonder why this town has so many criminals but then I do wonder if this was just a different stage before heaven and hell. I do think this works well and a huge mention goes to the music that draws you in giving the story a constant feel of tension. I will say there isn’t much to the imagination and I would have like to give the potential of them having redemption  

 

Actor Review

 

Liam Cunningham: Six is the mysterious stranger who remains nameless six is just the cell he ends up in. he arrives in the town with his cryptic message to everyone he meets as he exposes all of their deepest darkest secrets in a way where he makes them apologise before they go. Liam gives a good performance in this role where he adds mystery about his character all the way through.

Pollyanna McIntosh: PC Rachel Heggie is the new officers in the village who has a past of abuse, she questions every motive of both cops and criminals as the night unfolds. Pollyanna gives us a good performance in the leading role.  

Bryan Larkin: PC Jack Warnock is one of the officers who works with in the village he along with his partner Mundie have their own rule book when it comes to serving justice. Bryan is just one of the supporting cast really that never really gets too much surprising about him.

Hanna Stanbridge: PC Jennifer Mundie along with Warnock will punish the criminals as they see fit, she can push him into going too far. Hanna does give us a standard supporting performance.

 

Support Cast: Let Us Prey has a supporting cast that are all twisted in their own way having committed certain crimes that they need to pay for.

Director Review: Brian O’MalleyBrian gives us a good concept of a film but I do think it needs something to give the people a chance to live.

 

Horror: Let Us Prey does have good gore for the horror but in the end is doesn’t get too involved with other angles because of all gore.

Thriller: Let Us Prey builds the tension with the music bring us to the edge of our seats but once we figure it all ends up just waiting to see how they go.

Settings: Let Us Prey keeps most of the settings inside the police station showing the characters looking isolated throughout.
Special Effects
: Let Us Prey has good effects for the kills used through the film.

Suggestion: Let Us Prey is one for the horror fans to enjoy but the non-horror can easily skip it. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The music.

Worst Part: It would have been nice have innocent characters involved.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could do.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Darkness shall rise.

 

Overall: Good horror about paying for sins

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