Outpost (film)

Outpost (film)

Theatrical poster
Directed by Steve Barker
Produced by Arabella Croft
Kieran Parker
Written by Rae Brunton
Starring Ray Stevenson
Julian Wadham
Richard Brake
Michael Smiley
Enoch Frost
Paul Blair
Julian Rivett
Brett Fancy and Johnny Meres.
Music by James Seymour Brett
Cinematography Gavin Struthers
Editing by Alastair Reid
Distributed by ContentFilm
Release date(s) United States:
11 March 2008
United Kingdom
16 May 2008
Running time 90 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Outpost is a 2008 British horror film.



In a seedy bar in a town ravaged by war, scientist and businessman Hunt (Julian Wadham) hires mercenary and former Royal Marine D.C. (Ray Stevenson) to assemble a crack team of ex-soldiers (Richard Brake, Paul Blair, Enoch Frost, Julian Rivett, and Michael Smiley) to protect him on a dangerous journey into no-man's land. Their mission is to scope out an old military bunker in Eastern Europe. It should be easy – 48 hours at the most. Lots of cash for little risk. Or so he says...

Once at the outpost, the men make a horrific discovery that turns their mission on its head – the scene of a bloody and gruesome series of experiments, carried out by the SS, in reality shifting and reanimation during World War II to create invincible soldiers. (See Die Glocke) Amidst the carnage, they find a survivor (Johnny Meres).

At night, the clearing around the bunker is suddenly lit up, and silhouettes of people are seen amongst the light. Soon after, a member of their team called Tak goes missing and is gruesomely killed by an unseen foe. Later the same night Voyteche is killed by two Nazis. The next morning his and Tak's dead bodies are found linked together by the head, and Tak's containing a spent round in his skull. D.C. receives answers regarding the assignment from Hunt, which was that an un-named corporation wanted Hunt to find and recover a large generator-like device which was responsible for the SS's reality-shifting experiments. D.C. orders Cotter to retrieve Hunt from the generator room. However, while trying to convince Hunt to come with him, an SS soldier with a pickaxe kills Cotter. It is revealed that the survivor the mercenaries recovered was actually a surviving SS brigadier general, with Prior killing the officer, the "breather" comes back to life and MacKay speaks his last words of "You're hummin' my balls!", and is killed. The mercenaries and Hunt attempt to evacuate the outpost only to be killed by the undead German army.

A second corporate team arrives 72 hours later to carry out the same assignment, only to "find a breather" among the piles of naked corpses and face the illuminated soldiers surrounding the bunker, presumably leaving them to be met with a similar fate to that of the first team shortly before the credits roll.



The film was produced by Scottish couple Arabella Croft and Kieran Parker and their production company Black Camel Pictures. They mortgaged their Glasgow home in order to raise £200,000 to finance production. The script is by Rae Brunton, based on Parker's original concept, which he described as "Platoon meets The Sixth Sense".[1]

Although set in Eastern Europe, filming was done in a munitions factory in Dalbeattie, in a forest near Castle Douglas, and in the Glasgow Film City studio complex in the Govan area of Glasgow.[1][2] Filming began in January 2007.

Sony Pictures bought distribution rights to the film for £1.2 million.[1] Sony released it directly to DVD in the USA on March 11, 2008. Following favourable reviews, the film was exhibited theatrically across Europe. The film's European premiere was at a gala showing as part of the Dumfries Film Festival [1][3] on the 3rd of May 2008, followed by limited distribution to 130 UK cinemas.

The producers are planning a sequel: Outpost II: Black Sun.[4] The sequel has been granted £25,000 of funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council.[4]


Teaser poster for Outpost 2: Black Sun

A sequel, entitled Outpost: Black Sun, is currently in production.[5][6] The film has been written by Steve Barker and Rae Brunton while Barker has returned as director.[7]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d "Govan zombies taste film success", BBC News website, 16 April 2008
  2. ^ Document : Film Premiere Comes to Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway council website, 16th April 2008
  3. ^ "May programme", Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre website
  4. ^ a b "ContentFilm picks up horror sequel Outpost II", ScreenDaily website, 19 May 2009
  5. ^ "Brit Zombie Film Outpost Gets a Sequel". ESplatter.com. May 16, 2009. http://www.esplatter.com/news.php?id=1292. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Outpost II: Black Sun Begins Casting". Bloody Disgusting. August 18, 2009. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17120. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Outpost II: Black Sun Artwork and Stills

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