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“Outpost” (2023): A Mountain of Mayhem

Outpost: In the wake of a violent attack, a woman searches for strength in the solitude of a forest fire lookout tower job. Soon she is systematically and diabolically overwhelmed by something darker.

“Outpost” (2023): A Mountain of Mayhem

New Release Film Review

by John Smistad

Close to Home for this Guy

My dad and mom bought a cabin on Priest Lake in northern Idaho when I was a child. It has been a refuge of solace, relaxation, and contentment for decades now. A treasured touchstone to which extended family and dear friends return every summer to be together once again in this place we all so appreciate and adore.

Now enter the new dramatic horror flick “Outpost”.

I can hear the chorus: “What the hell, dude?!”

Stay with me, friends. This intense introspection of an emotionally broken woman’s delirious descension into hallucination-generating PTSD is filmed almost entirely at Priest Lake.

I know. I couldn’t believe it either!

Now, granted, I was predisposed to like “Outpost”, right? I mean considering its sentimental locale and the fact that several of the scenes here are shot in spots I’ve personally been to on too many occasions to even quantify, really how could I not?

But, the fact is, this is a helluva ride based solely upon its own damn deservingness.

The view through the front window of our family’s cabin on Priest Lake.

Husband & Wife Duo Deliver

First-time feature film director Joe Lo Truglio (Charles Boyle of TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) delivers a surefooted and scary-as-shit story here of Kate, a severely damaged woman both mentally and physically. This is a stunning performance-incendiary and primal from Truglio’s wife, veteran actress Beth Dover (Linda Ferguson from Netflix’s mega-popular series “Orange Is the New Black”).

Beth Dover. Viscerally scorching as the abused Kate.

An Explosive Ending

Kate has endured a lifetime of shocking and sickening abuse since she was a girl. She determines that a job working alone in a mountaintop tower as a forest fire spotter is just what she needs to set herself straight.

Kate is wrong. Dead wrong.

Soon, an eruptive psychotic detonation screams a vicious and gruesome message of unleashed rage and retribution to all she comes in contact with on that secluded summit.

Enough.

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“Outpost” (2023): A Mountain of Mayhem
  • Acting - 7.25/10
    7.3/10
  • Cinematography/Visual Effects - 7/10
    7/10
  • Plot/Screenplay - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Setting/Theme - 8.25/10
    8.3/10
Overall
7.3/10
7.3/10
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“Outpost” (2023): A Mountain of Mayhem

First-time feature film director Joe Lo Truglio (Charles Boyle of TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) delivers a surefooted and scary as shit story here of Kate, a severely damaged woman both mentally and physically. This is a stunning performance-incendiary and primal-from Truglio’s wife, veteran actress Beth Dover (Linda Ferguson from Netflix’s mega-popular series “Orange Is the New Black”).

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