Having enjoyed the first part (Outpost) despite it's low budget and numerous flaws and plot holes, I was looking forward to the long awaited sequel.
Sadly this just goes to show that a bigger budget (I assume) and more studios & production companies sticking their oar in, doesn't necessarily make for a good film.
Won't go into great story detail other than to say that it lost just about all the dark moody and genuinely frighting aspects that worked so well in the first. Such as the limbo based WW2 German soldiers materialising in rooms behind characters and suddenly looming up behind them or stepping out of the dark to dispatch them (chilling for sure).
Here we have them turned into the usual Hollywood type monsters that lumber around dragging bodies about so the main characters can spy on them whilst hiding under a corpse or from behind furniture (which just makes them generic - swap them for Freddy or Leatherface or Jason or Michael Myres and chuck in a bunch of pretty teens to be killed one by one). Also in the first, there was no urgency to their murdering, because they couldn't be killed and therefore just walked everywhere or as I said above appeared and disappeared in an instant. However here we have them chasing soldiers and the main characters almost 28 Days Later style, running around outside or walking around buildings making strange strangled squealing sounds.... why..?? (and fully visible which again takes the fright away somehow because they now run around in the daytime).
I read a review on IMDB saying something along the lines that in Jaws you hardly see the shark, yet in the sequels for some reason, the studios think the audience has to see more and more of it continually and it really doesn't work for the good, which is a similar failure here. * * * * * Possible Spoilers * * * The EMP idea to disable the 'device' that keeps the soldiers in limbo, whilst isn't bad, why couldn't they just helicopter one in or drop it by parachute and remote activate it if it has a 6 mile radius...???
The old fraulein crow like witch introduced at the end was unnecessary and totally pointless and clearly only done for a cheap scare and to creep you out (we then go back to usual Hollywood routine and the family of backwoods cannibals where we see the mother suddenly appear) as there has never been an inkling that a woman was involved in the tests back during the war.
Won't point out any more issues I had with it as this would spoil the film by talking about the climax of the film * * * Spoilers Over * * * The main girl was very unconvincing as a 'Nazi Hunter' (assume this was just so they could get a female lead but it could have been done better by having her as a soldier or one of the villagers even) and why have the second male lead (played by a Brit) use a dodgy American accent..??
The British soldiers the leads team up with were almost all unlikeable and you don't spend long with them (thankfully), therefore you could care less about their fate and to be honest, they were about as professional as sending in a bunch of blokes you rounded up in a pub.
Perhaps because it lacked the likeable character played by Ray Stevenson and his 'charming' redneck buddy (and the rest of the soldiers to be fair) it just fell flat.
Wanted to like this as much as I did the first, but sadly it was a bit of a let down.