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on 29 December 2012
Next up in my Nazi movie marathon was a film that I've been anticipating the release of on DVD for quite some time now, Outpost II: Black Sun, the sequel to 2008's Outpost.

For me, the title of this sequel revealed quite a lot. "Black Sun" is a direct reference to a mosaic found on the floor of Wewelsburg Castle, a 400 year old fortress in Germany which was used as the HQ of the SS by Heinrich Himmler and was the seat of much occult research for the mysterious Ahnenerbe-SS; an SS division who embarked on searches around the planet for items such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant in order to acquire ways to enhance Nazi dominance of the planet. So, 10/10 for reasearch so far!

Getting to the film itself, it is markedly different from its predecessor in a number of ways. Clearly, there has been a greater budget with the sequel (reportedly around £200,000) and this shows with significantly expanded set pieces and extended use of CGI effects. Additionally, the lighting and mood has changed from Outpost. Where the original was dark and claustrophobic, Outpost II is a more action-driven horror with less reliance on atmosphere and fear of the dark, opting for straight up violence instead.

The cast performed admirably with, for me, some real surprises turning up such as busy British actors Clive Russell, Julian Wadham (The English Patient) and a near unrecognisable David Gant (Braveheart, Ghandi). Daniel Caltagirone (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) is suitably stoic and square-jawed as the special forces unit commander, Ali Craig and Nick Nevern offer up some sarcasm and streetwise attitude in their respective roles and Gary McDonald (The Shepherd, Until Death) seems to command the viewer's attention any time he speaks or is on screen. However, this cadre of top soldiers lacked the depth of character that Ray Stevenson and his squad of mercenaries had in Outpost. One character in particular, came as a total shock and at first, I was left wondering what on earth the team behind Outpost had included them for. However, this addition to the roster was genuinely creepy and responsible for one of the more gory death scenes in the film.

Although I enjoyed watching Outpost II: Black Sun, looking at it objectively, it was not without its flaws. I felt the introduction to characters was cut short in order to get to the action sequences and to be honest, was left a little confused as to what the basis of the plotline was. Additionally, we never really see more than a handful of undead Nazis at a time and yet, we're to be convinced that these walking dead killers will be the end of the world when a handful of soldiers can more or less hold them at bay. Moreover, the sacrifice of the dark, creepy atmosphere of the first film with the Nazi menace lurking stealthily in the shadows has been replaced with marauding, grunting, Nazi zombies who seem to lack the guile of their predecessors. Also, I can't help but feel that the blood and gore was significantly toned down in this entry to the Outpost films in order to get a lower certification and thus bring in a wider audience. That however, may just be me being overly suspicious.

Outpost II: Black Sun succeeds where many sequels fail in that it is perfectly competent as a standalone title. However, as much as I enjoyed watching this straight-up action horror, I can't help but feel that Outpost is still the original and better of the two.
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on 12 March 2014
I loved the first Outpost movie - I found it to be quite tense and had a eerie claustrophobic feel to it, with the undead soldiers remaining dark and mysterious. This movie is kind of the opposite and leans towards being more of a horror action film and for me it just doesn't quite work. There are also a few "Why on earth did they do that?" moments in the film which didn't help, particularly the inclusion of the Nazi hag nurse who just comes across as being ridiculous and out of place.

I'd say it's a worth a watch, but if you've seen the first Outpost you'll probably find it a bit disappointing as a sequel.
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on 27 August 2012
If you enjoyed the first Outpost then you will also like this second film. Outpost 2 continues the story from the end of the first film when you see the second squad of soldiers go to the bunker then be attacked and you find out what happened to them and the rest of the this film expands the story in many ways from the first with a twist at the end.

there is room for a sequel or even a prequel and what both Outpost & Outpost 2 does is, you don't have to have a mega budget to make really good movies.

looking forward to the third that's for sure.
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on 8 April 2015
The awful American accent of the male lead is so irritating I could barely stand it. Why couldnt he use his British accent? I dont care what accent an actor has as long as its not so offputting you can hardly make it to the end of the film.
Whats with the obsession of directors to make actors change their accents from USA to British & vice versa?
Havent they realised yet how distracting it is for the viewer if itd done badly, which it usually is.
The film wasnt bad but what a waste of Julian Wadham.
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on 30 January 2013
although "outpost II" is a good movie, I probably expected it to be as good as the first film, which unfortunately it doesn't quite hit the mark for me. Enjoyed it all the same though.
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on 11 October 2012
The film was ok but i preferred the 1st one. The outpost films are worth a watch and they dont look like cheap b-movies even tho they are made with a small budget. If you like zombie style movies this is for you.
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on 8 June 2016
If you are looking for a blood soaked horror with the ultimate villians of the 20th look no further. Ideally watching Outpost 1 will get you up to speed but it's not compulsary. I could best describe it as Indiana Jones for grown ups but there is no Holy Grail here but the item characaters seek is just as powerful and a lot more dangerous....but that is all I am saying. Fact is stranger than fiction, the Nazis deeply into the occult believed in an underground race whose life was maintained by The Black Sun and could use a power called Vrill to destroy their enemies. Thankfully this film is fiction....
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on 19 October 2013
This is a good film aimed at the horror genre. If you saw the original this will be slightly disappointing but never the less still good. It deals with the original in that the installation is now running well and extending it's influence. The Nazi's are now able to move wider and teams are going into the zone to try to disable the machine. Into this ventures a Nazi hunter and her friend. The ending is satisfactory leaving part 3 open. As I say, good but not up to the originals quality, but then again so little part 2s are. Still worth a look though and still enjoyable.
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on 14 December 2012
to me its lost its eerie feel. which i like in first one. but plenty bullets. u might like it better than first one.
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on 4 November 2012
Got the first movie and enjoyed it, the follow up movie OUTPOST 2: BLACK SUN is a well made follow up to the first, giving you more insight, into the origins of the dark goings on in the bunker and the experiments carried out by the S.S for there plan for world domination.
Very interested to see if we get a OUTPOST 3 out of this, it is intimated! watch this space.
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