Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Richard Coyle, Clive Russell, Catherine Steadman, Michael Byrne
The year is 1945, the closing stages of WW2, and a German scientist by the name of Klausener is working...
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Lackluster Sequel4/10
I really enjoyed the first one, it was one of those films you came across and thought "theres nothing else to watch" but found yourself presently surprised.

The sequel however is a different matter entirely. Although not a bad film, its not a good one ether. The plot has a massive amount of holes, the script is straight out of a b-movie and the acting was fairly dull.

There were moments of excitement but they are few and far between and unlike the first film this one contains not a single tense moment at all. I found myself many times throughout the film checking my phone or tablet which is a pretty good sign of how interesting a movie is.

Sequels always being rubbish aside, don't pay to see this film, watch it on TV or stream it online when you've watched everything else of merit on Netflix.
Derivative and Uninspired2/10
As the summary indicates this sequel was derivative completely uninspired. Outpost 1 was a well crafted low budget horror with suspense, atmosphere and somewhat likable characters. Although the original was a B movie, it had aspirations to be much more than that - and on occasion it achieved greatness. It was like watching a young John Carpenter at the height of his powers.

The sequel was a bad idea. Shabby acting forgiven, we find ourselves in the same locations doing pretty much the same thing as the first film. The same bunker set is utilised - although this time we find a 'secret elevator' to a new chamber.

The scenery of 'Eastern Europe' was clearly filmed in the UK, they got away with this before, but this time it's very obvious.

The director tries to give a sense of a larger scale - with a nazi zombies apocalypse looming. The American Army have been sent to dispatch with the problem, however the budget doesn't really allow for such spectacle and it looks more like a 'sci fi channel presents' affair.

I was saddened by this movie as the director showed such promise from his efforts in the first film. What we have here is lazy and unimaginative. What's needed is a whole new movie concept - not a sequel.
Great Stuff!9/10
If you enjoyed the original, then you'll enjoy this to the power of ten!

Catherine Steadman is Lena, a Nazi hunter trying to locate and prosecute the very last of the escaped Nazis from WWII. Whilst tracking down one very elusive figure named Klausener, she becomes embroiled in something much larger. A search for a machine that Klausener built. Everybody seems to be looking for it, from the Americans to Klausener himself. It seems that Klausener was the person who originally hired Hunt (from the first Outpost) to search for the bunker and secure the machine. The machine is important as it creates a "unified-field" that makes exposed soldiers invincible whilst they remain within the field. The machine was first activated during WWII meaning there are undead and invincible Nazi soldiers running around killing everyone in their way. So begins a race against time to get into the bunker and grab the technology. The race is made more essential by the fact that the unified field is growing, meaning the zombie Nazi's can now attack over a wider and ever expanding area.

With that in mind you can already guess that this is Movie-Marmite. If you're up for a film about undead Nazi zombies then you'll love it. In fact this film is without doubt the best in the Nazi-zombie sub-genre. The production values are very high, the mood is tense and fraught with danger and despite the comic book set-up everyone is taking things very seriously. The writing, the acting, the direction... nobody does anything less than 100% commitment. Like the original Outpost you get the feeling that this was filmed on a micro-budget, yet they've somehow managed to make a movie that can hold its own against a Hollywood effort with ten times more cash. The really great news is that the heart that was put into the first movie is evident here too. This is a movie made by people who really care about what they're doing and care about entertaining their audience.

If I have one criticism it's that the film struggles with the weight of it's ideas. There are enough story threads here to make another five movies without running out of plot lines. It's almost as though you're watching a mini-series compressed into 90 minutes. But when compared to most low budget horrors, seeing a film with too many good ideas isn't necessarily a bad thing.
"There, like ghosts".5/10
Bigger is better? Well I didn't find that to be the case with "Outpost II: Black Sun". Director Steve Barker follows up his 2008 action-horror "Outpost" with this sequel which actually expands on the original's concept (Nazi, occult and experimenting) and doesn't just limit its action to the bunker. It loses its simple set-up, which was atmospheric and eerie with a ghost-like tale to its novelty, replacing it with bloodier attacks and kinetic actions where our zombie Nazi storm- troopers lumber through a warn-torn Eastern Europe. The sequel pretty much follows on from the previous feature, as a NATO task force is sent to Eastern Europe where an unstoppable killing force is murdering everything in its path. Lena a Nazi hunter is on the trail of notorious war criminal Klausener, which sees her heading to Eastern Europe where she meets up with Wallace an engineer. In all it's a okay follow up that doesn't limit itself, but adds more to the formula than simply rehashing what has gone before it. The threat isn't confined this time around and there are few surprises. Some motivations of certain players can be blurry with how the plot develops, but it did become somewhat weary the further along it went with a lazily dismal ending to cap it off. The performances are durable with Richard Coyle and Catherine Steadman in the leads, but I didn't find any of the characters, especially their support to stand out. Barker seems to replace the slow-burn suspense of the original for brutality. It might not be as rough around the edges, but the action did feel choppy and still have that repetitiveness that lingered in the original. An atmosphere is created bringing out a grim apocalyptic air and the dead zombie soldiers (which the make-up FX is strongly detailed) have a lumbering appearance that can break out into a vicious intensity. But here don't have that ghost ability to teleport and to come out of the shadows. David Gant looks creepy as the dead Nazi general Klausener.
Not bad at all7/10
This is my first review on IMDb and it will be very quick. All I wanted to say is that I have seen original Outpost movie couple of years ago and it was "ok" thriller/horror flick and I didn't really expect any more films, to be following. Well I was wrong and I decided to give it a go too. With low-average expectations... And to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. From the first two minutes of camera/lighting quality, acting, etc... I knew, that there is something good happening there and now, I'm really happy I didn't pass. It's better than first Outpost and it's definitely better than lots of HIGH budget cinema flicks. I would recommend this film to any thriller/horror fan! Enjoy!