Outpost (2022)

After being involved in a horrifying and brutal violent attack, Kate (Beth Dover) struggles to move forward with her life. The medication she’s been provided isn’t helping, and she continues to struggle in areas of concentration and fails to maintain any form of focus. It also doesn’t help that her violent attacker, Mike (Tim Neff), has yet to be found by local authorities.

To start fresh, Kate decides to speak with her close friend Nickie (Ta’Rea Campbell). Nickie talks to her brother, Earl (Ato Essandoh), about possibly getting Kate a job working at a lookout tower in Idaho. Earl agrees, and Kate moves away from the busy city life and travels to Idaho. Kate is so excited to become fully trained for the role, hoping that a new job will provide a peaceful and calm mind. As Kate enters the small town and begins her new career, it all seems too good to be true until she begins to experience several strange, unexplainable, and yet horrifying situations while working. Kate begins to question if she is, in fact, all alone at the lookout tower. Perhaps her mind is starting to play tricks on her. After all, as some in the community claim, there’s no peace in nature.

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Outpost is best described as a thriller with some moments of horror. For those unaware, Outpost has been directed and written by Joe Lo Truglio, best known for many comedic roles in films and for featuring in the comedy hit series Brooklyn 99 as the character of Charles Boyle. It’s instantly exciting to see that Joe has set himself a massive goal and challenge, unlike anything he has done in his career. While he’s best known for comedy and providing huge laughs on screen, the results as Joe enters the world of thrills and chills are surprising. Joe’s passion for all things film is highly evident throughout the runtime. You gain a strong sense of his inspiration from other horror titles, such as The Shining, especially throughout the entertaining climax.

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Regarding the film’s mystery and thrills, there’s quite a bit here that I found predictable, but I was also excited to see the events unfold. Does Kate see things? Is Mike lurking around the lookout stalking Kate, or is she just losing her mind? These are just some of the questions the film continues to linger on, affecting Kate’s mindset and stopping her from doing her job well. The premise is excellent, and the storyline is also fun, and viewers will be invested to see how Kate ends up in this film. The people around Kate are suspicious and are either prime suspects for creating Kate’s torment or potential bloody victims. I loved the aspect of Kate having random visions as she tries to cope with past trauma. Viewers will see firsthand what she’s going through with her mental health. One example is when Kate is among the public, and suddenly, everyone turns their heads to stare at her. She also has visions of people brutally attacking her.

The film’s setting, such as the lookout and landscape, is excellent and enjoyable. I’m happy to praise the areas of gore or violence. Depending on your taste in the horror genre, viewers may find some moments and one-liners random and comedic, not all of which worked. Beth Dover as Kate is energetic, fun, and lovely, and side performances from Ato Essandoh and Ta’Rea Campbell are also terrific.

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As for the story, there are some minor issues here. Not everything was clear to me on the first watch when the reveals were made. It almost felt as if little details were missing from the final cut. Sure, the core reveals are outlined well, but certain subplots and other characters interacting with Kate feel slightly rushed or vague. The same could be said about the film’s style of editing, which at times lacks a natural flow, especially when Kate is shown interacting with one character after another. The film is most heightened during its final act, but for some viewers, the journey to finish could require some patience. If you can push through, it’s all rewarding as the credits roll.

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Overall, there’s a lot to admire here in the directorial debut from Joe Lo Truglio. The actor has set out on a new challenge unlike anything he’s done before in his incredible career. His passion and excitement are apparent, as is the inspiration from other classic horror titles such as The Shining. The film’s setting, location and premise are a delight, and viewers will be enticed by the mysterious elements to invest in seeing how the story plays out for the lead, played by Beth Dover. The third act is filled with energy, fun, and, most notably for a horror film, blood. While the storyline line is fun and mysterious, the core reveals are predictable, and there are some reveals for the side characters that I found to be slightly unclear to me upon first viewing. Nevertheless, fans of all things Joe Lo Trugliowill be left feeling content and proud of his achievements and eager to see what’s next for him in the horror genre.

Outpost (2022) is available on major streaming platforms in UK & Ireland from September 11th and Australia & NZ from September 13th.

6.1/10

Rating: 3 out of 5.

30th August 2023
Written by Peter Walkden

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The film opens with Lieutenant Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) dressed in uniform and entering a court hearing. As part of his trial, the Lieutenant shares his recent experience as the captain of a large ship called ‘The Bounty’. Lieutenant Bligh’s comments reveal that he was...

The Haunting of Julia / Full Circle (1977)

Julia (Mia Farrow) wakes up one morning to have breakfast with her husband and only daughter, Katie. While eating, Katie begins to choke on her food, and Julia and her husband attempt to prevent her from choking. Sadly they are unsuccessful, and Katie dies on the...

Dracula: Voyage of the Demeter (2023)

Soldiers in London discover a large ship that has crashed onto the shore. Upon investigation, the ship seems to be known as The Demeter, and a journal that belonged to the ship's captain is recovered. Within a few pages of the journal, the soldiers discover warnings...

Everybody Loves Jeanne (2022)

Jeanne’s research project, Nausicaa, was designed to remove microplastics and other waste from the ocean, making the world a better place. She consistently wrestles with her inner voice, which speaks to her, suggesting she would be better off just walking in front of...

Subject (2022)

The film begins with a view of a computer screen. The person in control of the computer screen is unknown, but it is evident that the mysterious viewer is accessing confidential footage from an event in 2019. As the video playback begins, viewers also get to watch...

The Flood (2023)

A hurricane is ravaging Louisiana with wild storms, rain, and flooding. People within the community are advised to leave the area as best as possible; however, we soon see firsthand that escaping or trying to stay dry and remain safe is not easy. We witness a...

Ginger Snaps (2000)

When a little boy playing in his sandbox discovers some blood, it isn’t long until he and his mother find a dog paw in the sand. From here, we are introduced to two sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigette (Emily Perkins). The sisters hear of their...

Armageddon Time (2022)

Set in the 1980s in Flushing, Queens, we are introduced to Paul (Banks Repeta), who is in the 6th grade at a Public School. We see Paul's classroom, his fellow peers and a teacher filled with frustration trying to get a well-focused classroom. Paul enjoys being...

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021)

When a documentary filmmaker discovers he's not alone in his rented house, he decides to film and interview his findings. Sharing the house with the filmmaker is an adorable little shell named Marcel.  He has a cute, shy personality and wears shoes. Marcel...

Old Man (2022)

The film opens with an Old Man (Stephen Lang) waking up from having a bad dream. Upon waking, he calls for Rascal (possibly a dog) and walks around a cabin, continuing to look for him. His search is interrupted by a loud knock at the front door, and the Old Man...

Barbie (2023)

Welcome to Barbie Land- a place where everything is incredible, colourful and 100% perfect in every way. In Barbie Land, there is every kind of Barbie and Ken that has ever been created and other Barbie-like dolls that sadly never became a massive success, like Ken’s...

Quicksand (2023)

Quicksand begins with a panicked man fearfully running around a forest armed with a shotgun. Joining him is another mysterious man, perhaps his partner in crime. The two have been attempting to steal snake skins worth a significant amount of money, more valuable than...

Carmen (2022)

Carmen (Melissa Barrera) is a young woman forced to flee home. Her reasons for fleeing the Mexican desert are somewhat mysterious, and all we know is that she is being hunted by a pair of men who will destroy and kill anyone in their way. We also meet Aiden (Paul...

Red, White & Brass (2023)

Maka (John-Paul Foliaki) and his best mate Veni (Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi) are massive fans of all things rugby. When it is announced that their town will be hosting the ultimate Rugby World Cup game of Tonga vs. France, the pair will do anything to make sure...

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

Only one team can save the world when a new unexplainable threat reveals itself. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is still living in secret, but he soon receives his latest mission via an analogue recording. However, this time, the mission is different. The threat that Ethan...

Insidious: The Red Door (2023)

Insidious: The Red Door, the fifth and final instalment of the Insidious franchise, brings back the beloved elements that fans would expect: the Lamberts, The Further, and expertly executed jump scares.   Set a decade after the events of the second...

The Last Video Store (2023)

Welcome to Rentertainment, one of the last remaining video stores on the Gold Coast, Australia. When the store gets held up yet again, the owner, Gary (Stuart Lumsden), decides enough is enough and installs hard-wired security cameras connected to a hard drive. Gary...

Shadow (2022)

A small group of activists meet to discuss threats to the world. Simon (Simon Laherty) calls himself the mayor of the group, and throughout the meeting, he attempts to make sure everyone is heard and gets along. Sarah (Sarah Mainwaring) and Scott (Scott Price) are...

The Breach (2022)

John Hawkins (Allan Hawco) is the Police Chief in a small town known as Lone Crow. Only days from retirement and planning to move into the city, John must tackle one last case when a family picnicking near a lake discovers a mutilated body. John is instantly called to...

Run Rabbit Run (2023)

Sarah (Sarah Snook) is a single mother to her only daughter, Mia (Lily LaTorre). During the day, Sarah works as a doctor in the field of fertility and will often drop off and collect Mia from school. At this time, Sarah is dealing with losing her father, whose...

Razorback (1984)

In the Australian Outback, Jake (Bill Kerr) babysits his grandson at night. It is a peaceful evening for the two until a massive boar, aka a Razorback, suddenly attacks him and his grandson. As a result of the attack, Jake is left with a broken leg, and his grandson...

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Dan (Michael Douglas) is living what many would say is his best life. Currently working as a lawyer and married with a daughter and an adorable pet dog, Dan couldn't ask for more in his world. While attending a celebration, a mysterious woman catches the eye of Dan...

Fist of Fury (1972)

When he returns home, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) discovers that his Master, Huo Yuanjia, has died. His heart heavy and filled with sadness, Chen attends the funeral with many fellow students from Jing Wu School to pay his respects. The loss of his former master continues...

Super Volcano (2022)

Doctor Molly Martin (McKenzie Westmore) is passionate about the environment. Molly is always putting up a good fight or taking people who continue to abuse the Earth to court. After her most recent appearance in court, Molly is greeted by a close friend who advises...

Robot Riot (2020)

An unconscious soldier wakes up on a battlefield and discovers a strange device implanted in the back of his neck as he regains consciousness. The surroundings around him are unfamiliar, and according to the tag on his uniform, his name is Shane. Shortly after waking...

The Tank (2023)

On May 2nd, 1946, during a wild storm, we see a family fast asleep in their home. Mysteriously, the father of the house goes outside and lifts an opening in the ground, only to be taken by something. From this, we jump to Oakland, California, in 1978. Jules and her...

Reality (2023)

Set on the 3rd of June in 2017, the film follows a twenty-five-year-old named Reality (Sydney Sweeney). One day, Reality returns home after picking up some groceries and is surprised to find two FBI agents waiting for her outside her home. Both men present their...

No Hard Feelings (2023)

When it comes to love, Maddie (Jennifer Lawrence) has never been able to settle with the man of her dreams. Maddie works as an Uber driver, but life generally isn’t looking too bright for her. Currently, she is fighting to save her home, and to make matters worse, her...

Driving Madeleine (2022)

Charles (Dany Boon) is a taxi driver who only has two points left on his license after incurring multiple violations. If Charles isn't careful, another violation could cost him his full-time job as a driver. To make matters worse, Charles is also in debt which he’s...

Elemental (2023)

Imagine a city where Elements- fire, water, earth, and air- could come together and live in peace. Our heroine is Ember (Leah Lewis), a fire elemental. Ember’s parents made a hard choice to leave their home, where they were surrounded by others like them. Instead,...

The Flash (2023)

Barry, aka The Flash, is struggling to juggle everything around him. Simple tasks such as going to work on time seem near impossible as Barry receives alarming calls from members of the Justice League who continue to need his help saving the day. More importantly,...

Guy Richie’s The Covenant (2023)

In 2019, Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) was leading a special unit of soldiers in Afghanistan who were there to discover ammunition and explosive sites. After a tragic explosion occurs at a routine checkpoint, John is provided with a new Afghan interpreter of...

The Molly Maguires (1970)

Set in Pennsylvania, 1876, there are many workers in the coal mines. The opening sequences of this film are dialogue-free; however, we see men tirelessly working and a small group coming together secretly who manage to set off a large explosion. To viewers, it is...

The Man from Hong Kong (1975)

The film opens with a pair of criminals meeting to try and conduct an exchange at one of Australia's great attractions, Uluru (referred to as Ayers Rock in this film). During the exchange, both men are surprised to find undercover agents from the Federal Narcotics...

Unwelcome (2022)

Maya (Hannah John-Kamen) and Jamie (Douglas Booth) have made an enormous discovery: they're about to become parents. Jamie visits his local shop to buy something to help celebrate the evening, but sadly, for Maya and Jamie, the night, which should have been a...

Something to Live For (1952)

Alan (Ray Milland) receives an urgent call one evening from an elevator operator who stresses that someone needs his help and support, given his past and current involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous. When Alan arrives on site, he learns the person who needs help is...

Brooklyn 45 (2023)

In 1945, in Brooklyn, five close friends who grew up together and served in the military come together for an evening catch-up. As the group comes together, each character faces challenges and hurdles in life, including the evening’s host, Clive (Larry Fessenden)....

Bank of Dave (2023)

Dave (Rory Kinnear) is a kind-hearted man who loves to have fun. Living in Burnley, Lancashire, UK, Dave sells minibuses and owns seven dealerships. More importantly, Dave desires to help others within his community, particularly those struggling financially. After...

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

Time has passed since we last saw Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld). Miles has grown up and finds himself tackling stressful new challenges. Juggling the life of a superhero in Brooklyn full-time while being with his family and fulfilling...

The Black Demon (2023)

For hundreds of years, many fishermen have shared stories of a mythical shark seen off the Baja Coast. One creature had God-like proportions, driving men to the edge of insanity and causing them to see visions of death. Some people called this creature El Demonio...

We Were Once Kids (2021)

In 1995, an indie film was released worldwide, becoming a cult classic in time.  When Kids first came out in cinemas, everyone was talking about it, and by that, I'm not just referring to movie audiences and film buffs. The film created a storm of controversy,...

Renfield (2023)

In the present day, Dracula's long-time servant, Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), has had enough of being enslaved. After Dracula is badly wounded in his most recent battle, he requires blood from the purest souls to help him rebuild. At the same time, Renfield has been...

Influencer (2022)

Opening with a shot of a stunning island, we are distracted from the beauty by a dead body floating in the sea. Who is it and what happened are natural questions that we instantly ask. The film goes back to introduce us to a young woman named Jessica (Sara Canning), a...

Marlowe (2022)

Living in Los Angeles during the 1930s, Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson) is a private eye detective. The film begins with a new client entering Marlowe's office and introducing herself as Cavendish (Diane Kruger). Cavendish has a job for Marlowe that she feels only he can...