The Outpost (1995)

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The Outpost: Directed by Joe Gayton. With Lance Henriksen, Claire Stansfield, John Diehl, Natasha Gregson Wagner. Government scientists attempt to reanimate a corpse they found in the desert, but end up inadvertently creating a monster.

“I just bought this as part of a Wes Craven DVD box set (along with Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Last House on the Left) and felt ever so slightly conned. The film is not directed by Wes Craven (he has an executive producer credit) and a dream box set would omit this sci-fi B-movie in favour of Nightmare on Elm Street (I would settle for The People Under the Stairs). u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWith that being said, this is an ideal film for watching with a gang of drunk mates after a night in the pub. Itu0026#39;s a creature feature in a remote claustrophobic environment and it ticks along quite nicely on a sub-Alien template, taking advantage of all the usual sci-fi horror clichés. The monster is cheap but effective and it is sympathetically played. The rest of the characters are just monster fodder and are badly underwritten, though a father-son theme breaks through to complement the monster-creator theme. Lance Henrikson, the brunette girl in the shower, and the bloke who plays Phoebeu0026#39;s brother in Friends are worth watching. The rest of the cast stink. There are enough gruesome moments to keep a drunken audienceu0026#39;s interest. Itu0026#39;s also fun ticking off the clichés as they mount up, and laughing at the obvious dialogue. I defy anyone (after a few drinks) not to laugh at the last scene.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSo not a classic sci-fi horror, but an entertaining mess of a movie with redeeming qualities, best viewed with friends and alcohol.”


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