Outpost III – Rise of the Spetsnaz

Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz is not on Netflix – I just couldn’t resist it on sale.

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Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013) – Not Rated

In this third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action horror movie, Outpost: Rise Of The Spetsnaz, 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.”

I admit I have a bias towards liking Nazis for villains. They were all the rage when I was growing up. The Odessa File (1974) adapted Frederick Forsyth’s novel of Nazi war criminals on the run. Marathon Man (1976) covered much the same territory. The Boys from Brazil (1978) adapted Ira Levin’s potboiler and let Gregory Peck take a rare villainous turn.

Supernatural angles just made the movies even better. The low-budget Shock Waves (1977) starred Peter Cushing and John Carradine along with underwater Nazi zombies. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) had Indiana Jones and the Nazis after the Ark of the Covenant. The Keep (1983) is a fantastically atmospheric, albeit tragically flawed, movie disavowed by director Michael Mann. It featured an ancient demon as well as Nazis. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) had the titular character racing the Nazis again, this time to find the Holy Grail.

Outpost (2007) was a horror B-movie gem, one of those diamonds in the rough that I am always looking for but seldom find. Part of what made Outpost so good was Ray Stevenson as the mercenary leader but a large part was also the novelty of the premise. The monsters were neither zombies nor ghosts and the mercenaries had to figure things out along the way just as the audience did.

The story was by Kieran Parker, Steve Barker, and Rae Brunton. The screenplay was by Rae Brunton and Steve Barker was the director. I only mention this because Rae Brunton and Steve Barker also wrote the sequel which Steve also directed. Strangely, they appeared to have no clue about what made the first one work so well. Sadly, Outpost Black Sun (2012) was a big dud.

This brings us, finally, to Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz. This one is written again by Rae Brunton and directed by Kieran Parker, a co-writer of the first movie. It is neither incoheent nor dull as Black Sun was but it is still hard to recommend.

Outpost III tells some of the backstory involved in the titular Outpost. It takes place during World War II and features a handful of Russian Special Forces (Spetsnaz) fighting behind enemy lines before being captured and experimented on. Part of the problem with Outpost III is that the creatures encountered are not the same type of creature as in the two previous movies (to their credit, there is an explanation for this).

The real problem is that the film is a seemingly endless succession of squad of Russians plow through Nazis – captured – handful of Russians plow through Nazis – three Russians plow through Nazi creatures – two Russians plow through Nazi creaures… There is occasional exposition, albeit none that makes sense. The film is one extended fight scene with various parameters.

Outpost III is not bad but I can only recommend it for die hard fans of the franchise.


Crackle Kill Count – Horror Movie Month

As if I didn’t have enough to watch, I thought I’d mention Crackle. Crackle is a completely FREE movie service. You can watch it on your computer or better still, if you have a Roku box you can watch it on your TV. The movies are uncut and the only downside is that you have to sit through commercials.

Currently Crackle is running a Kill Count promotion through Halloween. Crackle does not have nearly the breadth of content that Netflix has but they work well as a supplement. They have a nice little horror film called Outpost as well as some others that neither Netflix nor Hulu have.

“In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.”