4/26/15

OUTBURST (2014)

Written by Greigh Johanson

The zombie genre is, without hesitation, one of the world's most insipid horror-film genre ever made. Is it even possible to do something original of the theme without repeating everything that previously has already been created on film? The simplest possible answers regarding the question: NO. But if you make it short and intense without any ridiculous and hardcover dialogues and instead lets it go away in an ultimate slaughter, then it's possible that it can be fun to watch. Just ask the Danish director Henrik Andersen.



Henrik Andersen, who co-directed the Danish zombie-horror feature 'Codename: Yin/Yang' a few years ago, handled 100 volunteers to make Outburst together with Kim Hermansen. Outburst is a tribute to the horror films of the 70s and 80s. This isn't a direct copy of famous genre films, but many of the pioneering directors such as Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci are among the main influences, as are Enzo G. Castellari’s 'The New Barbarians', which you clearly can see in half of the film. One scene is also a direct tribute to a scene in Mad Max 2: The road warrior, and in the same scene there is a hint to the Swedish exploitation classic Thriller (aka They Call Her One Eye).


Outburst refers to a mysterious plague that creates hordes of zombies. The story takes place in a world on the virge of breakdown. A girl, who goes unnamed in the film, must use all her survival skills to get through the sudden outbreak. Howevever, bubonic-ridden creatures of terror from the pits of hell are queued up to make her life sour.

This film generalizes and mixes the zombie-term with old school and new wave; both in terms of its characters and design of its technology current special effects (both practical ones and digitized.) I hate to call this a pure zombie film, when in fact it's all about a virus. Much of its inspiration current the outbreak appears to come from Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City, which one can see current it's bubbling and oozing make-up effect on the zombies, it gets really juicy and squeamish.

It bids on a very simple design and as spectators, you need no proper explanation for the ongoing epidemic. Like thousands of other similar films, it's only about an underlying infection that destroys the world's population, it's also about a struggle for survival, where only the strongest survive. The team behind Outburst has managed to spoof the sera of the older generation and has also enthralled it with a great deal of potential and a commitment towards fun, together with a script I myself wished had written.


Outburst takes place no longer than 39 minutes and we have time to behold more offal than what we'll see from any selected feature film anyday. Like Eskoria Films short "Brutal Relax", blood and body parts gonna escalate throughout the film. It flirts constantly with classics and not only that, the film's composer Flemming Berg have also made a soundtrack similar to those of John Carpenter, Claudio Simonetti, Ennio Morricone and Goblin. You will find yourself in a mix between Bruno Mattei's 'Hell of the Living Dead', Danny Boyle's '28 Days Later' and an optional Italian post-apocalyptic action film.



I want to thank the director Henrik and the team behind AMOS-FX which sent the film to me. I hope to see more of this kind, preferably something that doesn't concern the zombie-genre. Possibly a post-apocalyptic cowboyfilm with cyberpunk-references, and more. If I had to choose a character, I had wanted to see mutated humans with pig snouts and huge breasts that injects corrosive urine on their enemy. Thanks!



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