Reviewed By

Christopher Armstead
Take some invulnerable transporting Nazi zombies, toss in a squad super hardcore soldiers who are in way over their heads, put them all in an enclosed bunker with no way out and then turn out the lights.  That, my friends, was director Steve Barker's 'Outpost', a horror movie that in our opinion had a list of plusses that far outweighed its negatives.  Since we seem to be in the midst of some kind of Nazi horror renaissance, with Nazi's in space, Nazi's in the center of the earth, and Nazi's with time machines, The Outpost crew didn't want to be left out as we have more Nazi Zombies to deal with, though I think they've lost the ability to teleport.  The result is 'Outpost: Black Sun', a bigger, bloodier movie than the one it follows, but not necessarily a better one. 

Lena (Catherine Steadman) is the cutest, most adorable little Nazi Hunter you would ever want to see.  Just want to pinch her cheek.  The latest nursing home ridden, liver spotted old dude she met wanted to pinch her cheek too, until she started to torture him.  There can't be too many of these old Nazi's left can there?  Anyway, this old Nazi, before he checked out, gleefully boasted about the return of the Thousand Year Reich, which Lena palmed off as Nazi babble, but we know he was talking about regenerated Nazi zombies. 

Now Lena has to make a quick trip to Sarajevo, or wherever the heck the last movie took place, but not to find Nazi zombies but to scratch the last old Nazi off of her list, a dude named Klausner (David Gant).  Here she stumbles into an old colleague, though I'm not completely sure what their relationship is to be honest with you, in Wallace (Richard Coyle) who is some kind of engineer searching for the Nazi zombie machine so he can destroy it.  You see at this point all of the important people in the
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world are aware of the Nazi zombie menace, and whatever range of limitations the original zombie machine used to have, that's been fixed as Nazi zombies are spreading out further and further.  And these Nazi's aren't down with the Geneva Convention doctrines since taking prisoners in their little war of incursion is not an option. 

Further and further into Nazi territory Lena and Wallace descend, witnessing firsthand the absolute brutality of the Nazi zombie onslaught, and eventually they run into some hardcore mercenaries who are also looking for the bunker to take out the zombie machine.  So concerned is the world about these Nazi's, that plan B to get rid of these Nazi's is the nuclear annihilation of a still populated countryside.  Whatever y'all gotta do…

Just remember, as is often the case in these situations, everything isn't always what it seems.  I mean the Zombie Nazi is what it seems… but everything else is a little shaky.

Standing on its own, this meaning not comparing 'Black Sun' to the first movie, this version is a pretty okay mediocre horror thriller.  It suffers some in the details of it all, since certain relationships towards certain characters where never clear to me and there was a lot going on in that bunker dungeon that I was completely in the dark about, but the basics were nailed down pretty solid.  These basics consisting of Nazi zombies with the ability to sprint like Carl Lewis, and beating people in the head with blunt force objects until they stopped moving.  And there's no shortage of Nazi Zombie carnage so if you're searching for Nazi zombie mayhem, you have arrived at your destination.

Everything in support of the Nazi Zombie mayhem is where 'Black Sun' doesn't always deliver.  Catherine Steadman is a cute kid and she's a talented actress, she just didn't come off as tough enough to be the hardcore Nazi hunter that she's portraying here, much less the Nazi Zombie killer she's going to have to become if we're going to survive this mess.  The remainder of the performances were fairly non-descript, playing service to the main course of Zombie Nazi chaos, which does work well here.  Also the narrative, which did have a good launching point, ended up being far too sketchy to get too deeply involved in. 

But where 'Black Sun' really falls short, and this is where we bring back the original film, is in the oppressive atmosphere that was in that first film.  Since this was a different, more wide open kind of film, the claustrophobic fear and consistent tension couldn't realistically be expected as much, but it wasn't satisfactorily replaced with anything in particular.  There was more action and more violence and more zombies, and we appreciated that, but I would've preferred more fear and more tension. 

All that being said, 'Outpost: Black Sun' isn't a bad horror thriller and it does have its moments to be certain, it's just a disappointment when compared to the first film.  Nonetheless, we are still excited to see the follow-ups to this one, because you really can't beat Nazi zombies, no matter how disappointed we may have been.
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