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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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – F – Freehold (2017)

Director: Dominic Bridges

Writer: Dominic Bridges, Rae Brunton (Screenplay)

Starring: Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon, Mim Shaikh, Michael McKell, Kola Bokinni

 

Plot: An oily, amoral estate agent is preyed upon by one of his victims, who quietly moves into his flat and, unseen, begins a deliciously malicious campaign of revenge.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Creepy

 

Story: Freehold starts as we follow estate agent Hussein (Shaikh) go about his daily routines in his small London flat, but as soon as he leaves for a skinny man Orlan (Botet) appears, he has been secretly living in the flat, going around using the supplies while he is out.

When Mel (Dhillon) comes to live with Hussein we start to see the bigger picture of what Orlan’s plan is causing havoc in the flat, but what is his motivation for this?

 

Thoughts on Freehold

 

Characters – Orlan is the man secretly living in the flat, he seems to be making the life of the man living in the flat, sneaking around when he is asleep or at work, his motivation unfolds through the film, he does have a strikingly haunting look about him with his skinny bone structure coming through. Hussein is the estate agent that is living in the flat, he is very cocky with everything he does and starts to believe he is being haunted, though never investigates. Mel is the girlfriend of Hussein that wants to do the best with the small flat but soon gets tired of Hussein’s behaviour.

PerformancesJavier Botet does have an extremely creepy look which makes him stand out in this role which he is creepy throughout the film. Mandeep Dhillon isn’t in the film long enough to make the impact you feel she could have. Mim Shaikh is good in this role because he does end up being the person getting tortured through the film without knowing it.

StoryThe story follows one man that tries to live his normal life, only for us to learn that he isn’t alone in his flat. The story follows this mysterious man doing random acts to try and make Hussein’s life a nightmare. Most of the film is following Hussein trying to keep everything together, leaving us to wonder just how far people will go through the get this to happen and whether we would be able to notice this.

Comedy/Horror This does have an air of comedy about what is going on while not a full laugh out loud moment, the horror comes off the biggest part of the film because it shows just how difficult it could be to learn the truth.

SettingsThe film is set inside the flat, which keeps everything together and adds the creepy disturbing factor the film needed.


Scene of the Movie –
The first appearance of Orlan.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Orlan believes there is a ghost but never investigates more.

Final ThoughtsThis is a short creepy movie that will keep you on edge form start to finish as we see just how far this one man will go and what would you do if you found out that someone was living in your flat.

 

Overall: Disturbing and creepy

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Winter Ridge (2018)

Director: Dom Lenoir

Writer: Ross Owen Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Hannah Waddingham, Michael McKell, Justin McDonald, Alan Ford, Ian Pirie, Noeleen Comiskey

 

Plot: A young detective is torn apart after his wife ends up in a coma while hunting a serial-killer at the same time.


Tagline – The Edge of Perception

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Crime Mystery

 

Story: Winter Ridge starts as we meet detective Ryan Barnes (Hookings) about to celebrate his anniversary before an accident leaves his wife in a coma. This happens when the first sudden heart attack in the area starts.

With Sara still in her coma, the drink driver Mike Evans (Pirie) free on the streets the number of heart attacks in the area has been increasing, leading to Ryan needing to solve what seems to be a serial killer and need to learn the motives.

 

Thoughts on Winter Ridge

 

Characters – Ryan Barnes is the best detective on the force in area, he knows how to deal with the locals to be fair and strict depending on their offences. His good nature only ends up with his wife in a coma and him holding a grudge against anyone committing the same crime, this clouds his judgment when they learn about a serial killer in the area. He is grief guilt ridden man that knows and believes he is at fault for his wife’s coma. Jessica is the nurse that is on Ryan’s side when it comes to caring for his wife, she helps with information and is the ear to listen to about the pain he is feeling. Joanne runs the care home for the elderly while also being the therapist supporting Ryan through his troubles. John Faulkner is the police chief that keeps Ryan around because he knows he is the best man for the job deflecting any problems in the media circus.

PerformancesMatt Hookings in the leading role is the star of the show, he is in nearly scene and we understand his grief and determination being shown. Olwen Catherine Kelly is good with her limit role in the film, with the supporting cast all giving us good performances bouncing off Hookings’ performance.

StoryThe story here follows a detective that is dealing with his own personal guilt that must try to get to the bottom of a serial killer that is targeting the locals in the area. This is a mystery story to follow and as we only see how the lead detective learns different information unfolding. When it comes to this type of story we do need to be kept guessing to make everything look and feel more interesting as we try to solve the mystery ourselves (well I do). Once we learn who is behind the crimes we do get motives they believe in which is again always important and even gives us a chance to sympathise with their decision. The subplot where we see how Ryan must learn to forgive a crime against him which is unforgivable is what is great to watch, we see him keep his calm nature for the people who can’t help their crimes and turns on the ones that know what they are doing wrong. If you do like a good mystery to discover this is going to be one for you to enjoy.

ThrillerThe film does keep us guessing to who is behind the crime, we get plenty of suspects which could have their own motives which helps us enjoy this more than only learning having everything pointed at one.

SettingsThe film is set in a small English countryside town, which gives us the sense of community and gives us the chance to get beautiful shots of the landscapes.


Scene of the Movie –
Motivation speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The random journalist that turns up for only one scene with this many bodies turning up.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good mystery thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish, uses the settings to give us beautiful shots and Matt Hookings shines in the leading role.

 

Overall: Must watch for mystery fans.

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