Now available on VOD is the third entry of the popular Nazi Zombie franchise Outpost Rise Of Spetsnaz. Continuing the story in an almost prequel type of way we run across a group of elite level Russian soldiers who become captured by the evil Nazi regime. After failed experiments of their own soldiers not taking to the mind control device they they think they may have found the answer in these strong willed recruits. The Spetsnaz has other ideas as the movie becomes a battle for survival to make it out of the sinister laboratory. In my opinion this is the best film of the franchise as it is both smart and combines the right amount of story and action to make it a solid addition. The film stars Bryan Larkin (Battleground) as the leader of the infantry and the one man in the way of stopping the experiments. He does a great job of holding his own in the film though the performances of the rest of the cast are up to par.
I really enjoyed the fighting scenes in the film that are both intense and brutal. Fans of zombie and war movies will really get a kick out of this production. If you have seen the first two films then this is a must see as it does the task of telling how it all came to be. I got a chance to speak with director Kieren Parker who also wrote and produced the first two films. We spoke about how the franchise came to be and why he decided to take over the directing duties for the third entry.
How did you create the original Outpost idea and make it to the third movie Rise of Spetsnaz?
The Outpost idea came from my head. It was a short film idea that I created. The first film was written as an idea for a short film scheme and it was pitched as a unique kind of psychological supernatural action horror movie. About Nazi’s and about Nazi’s policing hell of American soldiers that had committed war crimes. That film never went anywhere but the pitch, the idea this unique sixth sense kinda stuck in my head.
So I started writing more ideas and eventually after I had a few pages I started talking with my then girlfriend now wife. She produces films and she was like alright lets do a movie but what kinda film could we make. So she presented her idea that she had and I presented the idea that I had. We both decided that even though my wife is not a genre head she knew that the idea that I had had commercial legs. So we got together with Steve Barker and he was gonna direct my idea then we got this young kid named Rae Brunton to be the writer on board. So we got together and made the movie for about a million dollars and Sony pictures bought it. It spawned a sequel which did incredibly well in the UK, on DVD and sold well in the US. So while we were shooting the second movie we had these amazing incredible sets. We had a deal with the warehouse where we didn't have to take the set down. So while we were shooting the second film we just decided we were going to start shooting the third film. Steve who did the first two movies didn't want to do the third film so I decided i'm gonna step in and direct this one.
The idea came from my head, I produced the first two films, and knew the world inside out. I understood the right and wrongs of the first two movies. So we tried to fixed up the third film shot it last year and it turned around pretty quickly.
How long did it take to film the initial convoy trap in the first scene of Outpost Rise Of Spetsnaz?
Well we shot exteriors for six days, and then we shot the rest movie in a total of 28 days.
So you are saying that most of the idea of the third film came from knowing you were going to be able to use parts not seen in the second film?
There was an awful amount of stuff used in the second film and when you are shooting the movie you know you have a certain amount of money to spend. In the case of the Outpost films where all the interiors are effective because we had the set standing. So what we had was a world that we could re use. So we went back into that world where the second movie ends in that big warehouse area. So we had a lot that we didn't use in the second film. To put it this way in the second film we had about 300,000 on the set, and for the third movie we spent about 50,000. We took a load of stuff from the second movie and recycled it for the third film.
At the end of the day what I love about the horror genre is that if you look at the movies across history horror movies have the chance to be the low budget overachiever which is what I really love about it . People who are involved in horror movies are the most creative bunch of filmmakers that are out there. They think on their feet and the films that they make can be quite demanding as far as sets and location, action and all that stuff. It takes a lot because most of us do have work off our feet like how can this work what do we do, because I have to make the audience believe this. So we recycle shots and do as much as you can for as little money as possible and I think it shows why some of the most talented filmmakers have worked in horror.
So what was substance that Bryan Larkin pulled the tooth out of and placed in his mouth and how did that scene develop?
Well it was a combination of rubber bits and probably tomato chunks. He had to be able to eat it I really wanted Bryan to be ok with it. I spent a lot of time with Bryan and we were incredibly lucky to have him while making the film. Bryan should have had a role in the second film but it didn’t work out. So he was already in my mind for the third film. I offered it to him as soon as we knew it was going to happen. So he was involved in a lot of the creation of the movie. So when this idea of him eating the tooth, and picking up all the guts and all. He just had to be man enough to chow down on it. We laughed so much at that, it’s just one of those nice moments that you could say “of course you would pick up freshly exploded human brains and stuff them in your mouth!” When he ate it it’s almost as he relished and really got into it. Nothing was a problem for him
What stands out the most to you about the Outpost franchise as opposed to other popular zombie series out there?
I think the thing for us was we , not slighting any of the other zombie movies, aside from like Peter Cushing's Shockwaves, there hasn't been any other Nazi zombie movies. Excluding Italian sexplotation films. I think we there first after the trap which we were happy with. So no one would have the idea to say we were jumping on the back of some other movie that was not our idea in the first place. I think also we also knew that we wanted to play it straight. We never wanted to camp it up. We never wanted to make it more gore over content. We wanted to put character into it to make it interesting. We wanted to make something a little more involving. I use the term thinking mans horror a lot. I don't think we could ever be accused of over expoiting the Outpost franchise, becuase I think the three movies are each their own individual film. It’s not just receyled off one idea. So I think that is something we will always stand by and be proud of. The fact that they are smarter than your average action zombie movie.
I would totally have to agree with Kieren. Outpost 3 is a zombie film that I could watch with my grandfather if he was still alive. It’s more than just a horror film and for sure on the early short list of must see horror films of 2014. I can’t to see what’s next from the Outpost series!
Outpost Rise Of Spetsnaz is available now on demand. It is directed by Kieran Parker and stars Bryan Larkin, Iván Kamarás, Michael McKell. It is being distributed courtesy of XLrator Media.