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[Review] Joe Lo Truglio’s Horror Debut OUTPOST Unleashes Fear and Desolation

In a world where horror films often tread familiar ground, Outpost emerges as a breath of fresh air, taking audiences on an unsettling journey through the untouched forests of northern Idaho. Written and directed by comedic actor and secret lifelong horror fan Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) in his feature debut, this chilling film ventures into the dark corners of the human psyche while delivering an unforgettable survival horror experience.

 

“[Outpost] ventures into the dark corners of the human psyche while delivering an unforgettable survival horror experience”

 

Outpost revolves around a woman (Beth Dover) who seeks refuge in the tranquil wilderness after surviving a violent assault and escaping an abusive ex-partner. Hoping for healing and solace, she takes up a job as a fire lookout in the isolated mountains. Little does she know that the peace she seeks will be shattered by the torment of her past and the haunting isolation of her present.

One of the film’s greatest strengths lies in its unique and underutilized setting. The dense forests of Idaho provide an eerie and menacing backdrop that adds a layer of tension to the narrative. As our protagonist takes refuge in the precarious outpost tower, the height and claustrophobic atmosphere only heighten the sense of danger. It’s the picture-perfect setting for a horror film.

 



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But Outpost is not your typical survival horror film. It fearlessly tackles the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the experience of a survivor of an abusive relationship. The film refuses to sugarcoat the protagonist’s struggle, delving into the harsh realities of her trauma. This non-sugarcoating approach, at times jarring, adds a unique perspective to a conversation Hollywood often exploits for sympathy points.

Furthermore, Outpost defies the ‘Hallmark Movie’ expectations by deliberately deviating from the fairytale closure and resolution. It stays true to its gritty nature, refusing to provide a neat and tidy conclusion. Instead, the film allows the protagonist to navigate her own harrowing path straight into the horrors promised on the poster. This rawness and refusal to conform to conventional storytelling conventions elevate the film and, while likely divisive, make it a thought-provoking experience.

 

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Additionally, Outpost surprises with elements of fantasy that slip through the cracks of its non-supernatural story. These Stephen King-esque touches add a tantalizing layer of intrigue, making the film even more captivating. As the lines between reality and imagination blur, viewers are left questioning what is truly lurking within the shadows of the forest.

While Outpost excels in many aspects, there are a couple of areas where it falls short. The special effects, though decent, could have benefited from a stronger emphasis on practical effects rather than relying heavily on CGI. This choice would have added a more tangible and visceral quality to the horror, enhancing the overall experience.

Additionally, the film’s ending feels somewhat abrupt, leaving audiences craving a little more closure. A few extra minutes to ease out of the charged, action-filled finale would have allowed viewers to come down from the intense climax gradually.

 

“Truglio’s feature directorial debut showcases his ability to delve into dark subject matter with finesse and creativity.”

 

Outpost is a refreshing and unsettling horror film that explores the harrowing experience of a survivor while immersing viewers in the foreboding forests of Idaho. Truglio’s feature directorial debut showcases his ability to delve into dark subject matter with finesse and creativity. Although the film could have benefited from stronger practical effects and a more gradual ending, its unique setting, unflinching exploration of PTSD and abusive relationships, and subtle infusion of fantasy elements make it a standout entry in the genre. Brace yourself for a chilling journey that will leave you questioning what truly lurks in the shadows of our own minds.

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[Review] Joe Lo Truglio’s Horror Debut OUTPOST Unleashes Fear and Desolation
TL;DR
Outpost is a refreshing and unsettling horror film that explores the harrowing experience of a survivor while immersing viewers in the foreboding forests of Idaho. Truglio's feature directorial debut showcases his ability to delve into dark subject matter with finesse and creativity. Although the film could have benefited from stronger practical effects and a more gradual ending, its unique setting, unflinching exploration of PTSD and abusive relationships, and subtle infusion of fantasy elements make it a standout entry in the genre. Brace yourself for a chilling journey that will leave you questioning what truly lurks in the shadows of our own minds.
Setting
90
Scares
85
Special Effects
65
Originality
80
80
SCORE
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