Outpost is a horror movie from the independent production company Black Camel Pictures, which is apparently a Scottish couple who mortgaged their home to finance it. Given the low budget (reportedly less than $500,000, which is ultra-low budget these days), I was very, very impressed with what I saw.
If youâ€™ve seen Dog Soldiers, youâ€™ve got the basic premise. If you haven’t, it’s soldiers vs. monsters. Itâ€™s a different monster than Dog Soldiers, and thereâ€™s a Nazi connectionâ€”which is always good for story-tellingâ€”but the general storyline is the same. Leading the cast is Ray Stevenson. That, curiosity, and the plotâ€™s similarity to Dog Soldiers got me onboard.
Fair warning: I am not a horror movie fan. I actually very rarely watch horror movies. Given that, some of my opinions and impressions might be far off from someone more versed in horror movies.
In general, itâ€™s fun. The acting isnâ€™t badâ€”not Oscar calibre, certainly, but absolutely passable. Stevenson does a good job, but then Iâ€™m biased. I think he was channelling a little bit of Pullo and a little bit of Vorenusâ€”and if you donâ€™t get the Rome mini-series reference, you simply fail . . . go watch Rome then come back.
I wasnâ€™t terribly surprised by the plot, nor its culmination. I have to admit that the tense moments left me tense, that there were scenes that gave me chills, and that I simply had to watch the movie to its conclusion. For me, this movie was entertaining. Itâ€™s worth the price of a rental. Heck, if I found it in a sale bin, Iâ€™d buy it, because I think it has re-watch value.
There were certainly problems with itâ€”they didn’t get the military characters right, and there were at least a couple of “idiot moments”â€”but it did its job. Frankly, it gave me more than I expected.
And let me tell you, there is plenty of fodder for GMs out there. Iâ€™m already formulating my take on it. Gen Con 2008, I ran “Qalashar Dogs,” which was my riff on Dog Soldiers. Iâ€™m thinking “Outpost Dogs” isnâ€™t far behind.
In summary: this is an entertaining horror movie in the vein of Dog Soldiers. It delivered a solid horror experience through tension with only a few gory moments. I would recommend this movie and give it 3.5 sprays-n-prays out of 5.
You can find out more about Outpost here.