While humanity currently uses calendars and clocks to mark the passing of time, I foresee a future when historians will refer to past eras in the context of how many Nazi zombie movies had come out by that point. The most prominent franchises (dis)embodying this tactic are Tommy Wirkola’s horror/comedy Dead Snow and its sequel, as well as the Outpost series, with director Steve Barker at the helm of the first and second films. And now Kieran Parker is taking things to their logical extremes in Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz, in which the always heinous Nazis are replaced with Russian military zombies. And now you guys can all enjoy the theatrical trailer seen above, as well as a bunch of stills that XLrator Media put out there.
While I’m normally put off by a film trailer that doesn’t utilize any dialogue, I’m not sure what could be added to this, narrative-wise, that could only be expressed in subtitles instead of punching the shit out of a zombie’s face. The enjoyable first film was a simple tale of “mercenaries stumble upon a Nazi zombie bunker,” while the second film dumbed things down a bit, mostly rehashing the same material in a different setting. But now we have Russians, so it’s all different, right?
Starring Bryan Larkin, Ben Lambert, Iván Kamarás, Laurence Possa, Alec Utgoff, Michael McKell, and Velibor Topic, Rise of the Spetsnaz will delve into the bloody origins of the undead soldiers, which will doubtlessly involve tons of grisly kills. I kind of hope it only involves kills, as this kind of film usually falls apart when the half-thought-out plotlines are given too much attention. It’s Parker’s first film, and it was written by Rae Brunton, who also wrote the first two films. Hopefully this mix of new and old will give us that Spetsnaz zombie movie we’ve spent the last few decades asking for.
Let’s take a look at some of the film’s stills below. I’m including the ones with more bullets and blood, but all of the released pics can be found at BloodyDisgusting.
Spooky shit, right? You’ll be able to catch Outpost III in theaters for its limited release starting March 18; U.K. audiences can find it on March 10. But if you don’t want to wait that long, you can watch the film from home when it swarms VOD platforms on January 21.