Certificate 15, 101 minutes

Director: Steve Barker

Stars: Richard Coyle, Catherine Steadman and Clive Russell

Outpost: Black Sun, also known as Outpost II, is the straight to DVD sequel to the surprisingly decent low budget independent British horror film Outpost. The sequel has a substantially bigger budget, a much bigger cast (there were actually only three people playing the Nazi zombies in the first) with more extras, more locations and more special effects. In Black Sun we actually see the Nazi zombies, rather than the glimpses that were all that was seen of them from the first; this is possibly because the bigger budget allowed for more make-up and the faces of the Nazis could actually be shown. The zombies are, in some ways, behaving more like traditional cinematic zombies - although they still appear to be at least slightly more intelligent than the average undead and at least aren't eating people.

Outpost: Black SunLena (Catherine Steadman) is a Nazi hunter searching for a Second World War Nazi called Klausener (David Gant). It turns out that Klausener - and his modern Nazis - were the previously unknown backers of the scientist from the first film, Hunt (Julian Wadham) and he was involved with the mysterious machine that powered the zombies. Black Sun takes place immediately after the events of Outpost. The Nazi zombies under the command of the SS colonel, Götz (Johnny Meres) - who was the "breather" from Outpost - are spreading out across the countryside, killing everyone in their path. Their ultimate objective is to re-establish the Nazis' Thousand Year Reich.

Lena discovers the location of the bunker where the machine is and heads there, accompanied by another scientist or engineer, Wallace (Richard Coyle), who has been chasing Nazi secrets for years and whom she already knows as well as some Special Forces soldiers whose orders are to find the machine. The bunker is still occupied and along the way to it there are rather a lot of unkillable Nazi zombies, which now seem to completely favour using knives, even though in Outpost they did occasionally use guns.

Black Sun just doesn't seem to quite as good as Outpost. It's an okay film, but it just doesn't quite spark like the first did. The added budget does not seem to have been properly utilised; although there are  the special effects that were missing from the first, they mostly seem to have been tacked on simply because they could. Some appears to have just been used to create bigger and more locations and sets. Some of the more gruesome scenes from the original when the Nazis killed the mercenaries are not present so much in this - which likely resulted in the lower certificate - although there is still some gore. Black Sun looks like it was deliberately done with a sequel in mind, although the upcoming Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz does not necessarily look as if it directly follows on from Black Sun. Outpost: Black Sun is still not a bad zombie(ish) film but it isn't the pleasant surprise that Outpost was.

Outpost: Black Sun egdcltd 2013-10-21 2.5
Outpost: Black Sun
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