Interview: director Kieran Parker on Nazi zombie horror Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz
'What we liked about it was that it's obviously tongue in cheek with a little sprinkling of reality'
'It's not like we invented Nazi zombies but we were the first of the new batch,' explains Kieran Parker, director of Outpost III, with pride. 'It came from mixing things like Alien with Where Eagles Dare. What we liked about it was that it's obviously tongue in cheek with a little sprinkling of reality.'
Now Scotland's most successful horror franchise, in this third instalment Bryan Larkin plays the hulking leader of a squad of Russian special forces who find themselves up against undead fascists. The opening sequence was shot in Yorkshire but the rest was filmed in Scotland. It's also Parker's debut directing gig. 'Steve [Barker], who'd done the first two films, wasn't interested so it was a very natural progression as the first seed of the idea came from my head. I'd produced the first two films with my wife Arabella [Page Croft] so I knew the world inside out.'
Parker and Croft are obviously incredibly passionate about film, as they put their own livelihood on the line to fund the first Outpost in 2007. 'We were first-time filmmakers and nobody will hand out money to first time filmmakers. It's very tough,' adds Parker. 'We didn't want to sit and wait or have to sell the rights, but decided we wanted to make this movie by hook or by crook. So we mortgaged the house, developed it and financed it ourselves.'
It was a brave move, and thankfully one that paid off, and their company Black Camel Pictures has since produced Legacy: Black Ops (starring Idris Elba) and a certain Proclaimers musical. 'Arabella saw Sunshine on Leith on stage in Glasgow and the place was a riot. She said "we have to make a movie of this" and we eventually secured the rights as we were prepping for Outpost III.'
Entertainment One, Mon 31 Mar.