The Outpost horror movie franchise pitted mercenaries against Nazi super-soldier zombies, but how do the three movies rank compared to each other?

The franchise has brought Nazi zombies to the screen three times, but have the horror series’ efforts been a case of diminishing returns? Released in 2008, the original Outpost is a British zombie horror with a clever conceit at its core. The movie’s story follows a set of mercenaries as they explore a disused WWII-era bunker — only to find zombie Nazis plague the place.

As Army of the Dead’s recent zombie horror heist proved, sometimes an innovative approach is all a genre movie needs to spawn a franchise. After the release of Outpost, it was four years before the straight-to-DVD sequel Black Sun arrived. The franchise ended a year later — for now, at least — with the release of Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz.

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Some zombie franchises, like 2009’s Zombieland, run out of steam after only one outing and receive worse critical write-ups when their sequels come shambling along. Others, like Romero’s Night of the Living Dead series, find new ways to innovate on the premise of killer corpses and feature sequels that are better-received than the original. So, which category does the Outpost series land in?

Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013)

Outpost (2008)

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Originally published at on August 2, 2021.