Franchise Weekend – Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

Director: Steve Barker

Writer: Steve Barker, Rae Brunton (Screenplay)

Starring: Catherine Steadman, Richard Coyle, Ali Craig, Nick Nevern, Daniel Caltagirone, Gary McDonald, Julian Wadham

 

 

 

 

Plot: The year is 1945, the closing stages of WW2, and a German scientist by the name of Klausener is working on a frightening new technology that has the power to create an immortal Nazi army. Flash forward to present day, and a NATO task force is hurriedly deployed to Eastern Europe, where a sinister enemy appears to be mercilessly killing everything in its path. But this is no ordinary foe. Only Helena, a gutsy investigator on the trail of the notorious war-criminal Klausener, accepts the reality of that they are facing a battalion of Nazi Storm-Troopers, a veritable zombie army on the march. With the help of Wallace, a man who’s been chasing Nazi secrets for years, the two of them team up with a Special Forces Unit to venture deep behind enemy lines. Their mission to fight their way back to the source of this evil army and prevent the seemingly inevitable rise of the 4th Reich.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Idea for the Sequel

 

Story: Outpost: Black Sun starts as we follow Lena (Steadman) in Paraguay searching for German war criminals with her main target being Klausener the man that was involved in the mission Hunt (Wadham) went on last time around. We also see how the effects of the first film have led to the new Third Reich spreading like a virus from the source.

Lena teams up with Wallace (Coyle) to build a team to get to Klausener’s machine to try and bring an end to the war that could be about to bring the promise of the Nazi’s invasion into a world problem.

 

Thoughts on Outpost: Black Sun

 

Characters/PerformanceLena is a strong leading lady, she has been tracking war criminals in the modern time but learning of the existence of Klausener draws her back to Eastern Europe to put an end to his terror. Wallace is an engineer stationed near the bunker who reluctantly helps Lena on her mission as he knows how to stop the machine. The rest of the characters are generic soldiers you barely learn the names of and the now Nazi zombies.

Performance wise, Catherine Steadman does a good job coming into a very male heavy film easily becoming the star performer, with most of the male cast all becoming forgettable by the end of the film.

StoryThe direction the story goes is interesting because it builds on how the last film finished. The idea that the experiment is spreading is a big plus, but the first film had a lot of a supernatural vibe to everything, this time we just get zombies and an elevated sci-fi feel to what is going on. I can understand why things went this way for franchise value but I do feel it takes away from the first film.

Action/HorrorThe action is much heavier in this film as we get to see plenty of fights between the humans and zombies. This increased action does take away from the horror side of the film as it doesn’t reach the horror needed for what is happening.

SettingsThe settings are also a part of this film which lose out by making this a bigger picture, we lose the idea of just one solo location for a bigger battle.

Special EffectsHere is another weaker point, sure the battles and fights all look great but trying to show the effects of a EMP just look cheap whenever they are used.

Final ThoughtsThis is difficult to make my mind up on, I liked the bigger picture going on, but I did find the random jump cuts to after something has happened frustrating, the fast pace also leaves a mixed feeling because it does work but takes away the horror. This is what I would like to think of as a good franchise builder, not saying it is bad but relies on having seen the first and wanting to see more.

 

Overall: Good franchise building horror film.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Grabbers (2012)

grabbersDirector: Jon Wright

Writer: Kevin Lehane (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher, Pascal Scott, Clelia Murphy

 

Plot: When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

 

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Verdict: Funny Little Horror Comedy That Grabs You

 

Story: Grabbers starts when a fishing ship comes under attack over night before we meet the Garda Lisa (Bradley) coming to the small island to work with Garda Ciaran (Doyle). While showing Lisa around the island we hat something has been attacking and beaching the wildlife off the coasts and now it has started to come after the people.

The two Garda have to work with the town drunk Paddy (Roddy) and scientist Adam Smith (Tovey) to stop the alien invaders that transport themselves through any means of water source but discovery that they need to be drunk to defeat the creatures.

Grabbers is a film that you have to compare to Tremors because of the comparisons with the standard characters, yes I know these characters that are trapped by water rather than sand but it is the same environment for the creatures. It really is easy to watch with laughs throughout and a nice spin on the don’t drink while fighting against an enemy. Just sit back and enjoy but don’t expect perfection.

 

Actor Review

 

Richard Coyle: Garda Ciaran O’Shea is the islands drunk police officer that has to show the by the book newcomer Lisa around the island. He does feel like he should help anyone on the island. Richard is good in this role without being truly memorable.

Ruth Bradley: Garda Lisa Nolan is the by the book new officer coming to the island only to find herself in the middle of a much bigger problem the island is facing. Ruth comes off as the strongest character well but the character does seem to be forgotten by the end.lisa

Russell Tovey: Dr Adam Smith is the scientist on the island that sees this as the discovery of a generation which could make a name for themselves and the island. Russell is quirky with is what you expect in these style of films.

Lalor Roddy: Paddy Barrett is the island drunk putting to shame when it comes to the amount of alcohol he can drink. Seeing how he always survives makes the rest of the island see what they need to do to survive. Lalor is fun as the town drunk.

Support Cast: Grabbers has a supporting cast that all work for the film.

Director Review: Jon WrightJon gives us a fun film that is easy to watch and laugh along with.

 

Comedy: Grabbers has good moments of comedy throughout.

Horror: Grabbers uses the horror to not let us see everything through the film until the final moments.

Sci-Fi: Grabbers has creatures from out of space how much more sci-fi do you want to get.

Settings: Grabbers uses the isolation setting for this film with everything happening on the island with no escape.
Special Effects
: Grabbers has great effects making the creatures look real from the first moment to the last.

Suggestion: Grabbers is one for the horror comedy fans to try, they should be entertained. (Horror Comedy Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The Grabbers look great.

Worst Part: Lisa ends up looking weak by the end of the film.

Favourite Quote: Dr Smith ‘You really are Irish’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Not yet but left open for on.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Tremors

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: £4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Last call at the bar.

 

Overall: Enjoyable horror comedy creature feature

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