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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

You really need to be drunk to enjoy this

Author: WagonWheelTable from London, England
30 August 2004

I just bought this as part of a Wes Craven DVD box set (along with Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Last House on the Left) and felt ever so slightly conned. The film is not directed by Wes Craven (he has an executive producer credit) and a dream box set would omit this sci-fi B-movie in favour of Nightmare on Elm Street (I would settle for The People Under the Stairs).

With that being said, this is an ideal film for watching with a gang of drunk mates after a night in the pub. It's a creature feature in a remote claustrophobic environment and it ticks along quite nicely on a sub-Alien template, taking advantage of all the usual sci-fi horror clichés. The monster is cheap but effective and it is sympathetically played. The rest of the characters are just monster fodder and are badly underwritten, though a father-son theme breaks through to complement the monster-creator theme. Lance Henrikson, the brunette girl in the shower, and the bloke who plays Phoebe's brother in Friends are worth watching. The rest of the cast stink. There are enough gruesome moments to keep a drunken audience's interest. It's also fun ticking off the clichés as they mount up, and laughing at the obvious dialogue. I defy anyone (after a few drinks) not to laugh at the last scene.

So not a classic sci-fi horror, but an entertaining mess of a movie with redeeming qualities, best viewed with friends and alcohol.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A good deal of enjoyably cheesy low-budget direct-to-vid horror fun

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
22 October 2006

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Okay, stop me if you've heard this one before. Your usual bunch of scientists doing morally dubious and ill-advised experiments in a secret subterranean laboratory create a super-strong brain-eating mutant named Thor (handsome, muscular Dan Blom, who's actually quite good) who gets loose and goes on a destructive rampage. Fortunately, the always reliable Lance Henrikson as a bitter, cynical doctor who quit the project a few months ago arrives back on the scene to help save the day. Strangely enough, Henrikson brings along his estranged, rebellious smartaleck metalhead son (a then unknown, pre-stardom Giovanni Ribisi, who's every bit as obnoxious as you think), lusty hottie daughter (the luscious Natasha Wagner, looking mighty fine in skimpy shorts), and the daughter's libidinous tool of a boyfriend (the supremely irritating Adam Solomon). Swell dad, eh? I think you can basically fill in the blanks as to what happens next.

All kidding aside, this nifty little low-budget direct-to-vid horror item manages to be a great deal of enjoyably cheesy fun. It's directed with considerable rip-snorting verve by Joe Gayton, with a spooky, rousing, rattling score by J. Peter Robinson, dark, claustrophobic cinematography by Fernando Arguelles, funky make-up f/x by Image Animation, a cool lethal humanoid creature that's both scary and pitiable, and a nonstop breakneck pace. The solid cast do their best with their stock roles: tall, leggy, statuesque brunette beauty Claire Standsfield tackles her Ripley-like two-fisted tough chick heroine part with tremendous lip-smacking gusto while ubiquitous character actor John Diehl jerks it up nicely as the overbearing team leader. Bonus points are in order for the freaky and startling unexpected monster nightmare sequence. Granted, we're not talking work of art here, but this snazzy B-horror flick does the trick just the same in a pleasingly brisk and efficient enough manner.

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Well, Lance Henriksen is in it... that's a plus

4/10
Author: DiesIlla from Delaware, U.S.A.
13 September 2003

A 'Wes Craven presents' movie from 1995, directed by Joe Clayton and starring Lance Henriksen. A group of scientists save a dying man they find by their desert stranded government outpost by injecting him with their experimental virus, of course, one of their colleagues goes overboard and the virus transforms the man into a near unstoppable monster with them trapped inside. Lance Henriksen plays the morally offended researcher who leaves the project before all this, but returns after receiving a call for help to save the man (pre-unstoppable death machine mutation).

Deciding to combine two trips in one he brings his family along with him (they're going on vacation afterwards) and proceeds to give them entry to the top secret government facility, thus putting them right in the middle of the chaos within. In case you can't tell, this one relies on the viewer to work with it a little and put aside some petty (see: major and blatant) details.

Overall though: Watch-able with mild bits of enjoyment. Note: The Outpost is commonly known under the title 'Mind Ripper'

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Forget Bishop´s comment

7/10
Author: Walle-2 from Lidingö, Sweden
9 March 1999

This is actually very good. Thought it would be like a nerdy and boring horror movie (cause many is). But this has something that makes it very interesting and scary. It also has some gory scenes that make it funny. Grade: 8/10

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Unnescessarily maligned, enjoyable film

Author: slayrrr666 (slayrrr666@yahoo.com) from Los Angeles, Ca
3 September 2007

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"Wes Craven's Mind Ripper" is a surprisingly fun entry if it can only get around the clichés.

**SPOILERS**

Out in the desert, Jim Stockton, (Lance Henriksen) and a fellow scientist, Joanne, (Claire Stansfield) working for a company called Gentec, save the life of a seriously injured man, known as Thor, (Dan Blom) using an experimental virus. When he takes a turn for the worse, team leader Alex, (John Diehl) calls for help and reluctantly, Stockton, who quit three months earlier, heads for the bunker in company with his son Scott, (Giovanni Ribisi), daughter Wendy, (Natasha Gregson Wagner) and Wendy's boyfriend, Mark (Adam Solomon) in tow. When the virus turns him into a super-soldier and escapes into the complex, he begins to hunt down the team one-by-one. As the lone survivors of the assault meet up with Jim and his family, he is confronted with the realization of his work and what's happened to the experiment. When nothing seems to work against it, they devise a series of plans to put it down for good.

The Good News: This here is a pretty surprising entry. The best thing about it is that there's a large amount of action present. This makes the film go by rather quickly with a brilliant pace. That's a great move, since there's always something going on with the film. The fact that the killer escapes into the facility within the first twenty minutes, despite being captured, experimented on and then argued over is a superb sign of the quality of the film's pacing. There's some great chases and encounters that lead from this, all of them good enough to either entertain, shock or up the suspense-factor. There's some nice jumps from the sudden appearance out of the darkness, including a masterful one in a darkened elevator shaft that is quite tense. That there's a lot of short encounters spread out is actually nice here, as it keeps moving forward rather than engaging in a couple super-long showdowns punctuated by long periods of inactivity. That's really important, as it even manages to put over the maniac's raging strength and brutality more so. There's even a plot about the invincibility it has, and are captured in two spectacular scenes. His regenerative powers are demonstrated by having his body expel first a knife, then shotgun pellets. They're done live and don't really have much of anything stopping them. The method of killing the victims is quite gruesome, and there's a few pretty cool deaths that result from it. Overall, a really fun and entertaining entry.

The Bad News: There isn't really that much wrong with this one. One of the biggest ones against it is that there's way too much clichéd scenes, themes and ideas which come from other films that are plunked into this film. This here is pretty much filled with these kinds of scenes and are quite easy to spot as well. The usual stuff, including things such as the team leader's a raving psychotic, the rest of the crew are a bunch of panicky idiots, the high-tech equipment's faulty, and at the first sign of crisis, all the power fails, are utilized like clockwork. Still, these are just a small sampling of the kind of clichéd things popping up in the film. Even the surprise given in the second half, that the original scientific research intended to benefit mankind, the development of a virus capable of assisting the regeneration of human tissue, has been hijacked and corrupted by the military, who want a "super-soldier," is simply one of the most over-used plot points ever that shows up in simply every single movie of this type without exception. There's even a rather weird dream sequence that shows up which comes from the creature that is simply confusing. It's certainly out of the ordinary for that to appear, and it comes across as pointless other than to put in some more gore effects. Otherwise, these were the only real flaws with it.

The Final Verdict: Even though it's incredibly clichéd and not that original, it's still a rather fun experience that can provide some nicely needed entertainment. Recommended to fans of this style of film or the just plain curious, while those who aren't that into the negatives aren't advised too strongly with it.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and Brief Nudity

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Promising

Author: (highlites@lineone.net) from Cornwall, England
25 October 2001

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Slight <SPOILER> This film starts off quite promising, [although faced with the fact it's about a human experimentation that goes wrong, where have I heard that before?) But a small number of good actors can still pull something like this off. The trouble is most of them die (surprise surprise), and I guess face with the prospect of this in the end they just can't be bothered.If I died on page 10 I wouldn't either.

It's creepy and Alien like and Henriksson is good, as usual, but the ending still looks like it was whipped up the day before shooting it. Still it's worth watching for sheer entertainment and gore factor. *** out of 5.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Outpost

10/10
Author: Rautus from United Kingdom
15 July 2007

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The Outpost (Mind Ripper) is an entertaining movie, I liked the creepy look for the base and since it's kind of an Alien clone it needs a creepy place. The plot sees a group of scientists in a research Outpost in the desert find a young man half dead in an accident, they take him in and inject him with a virus they've been working on which should make him stronger. After a while the virus begins to take affect since his hearing is more sensitive and his body is becoming stronger and after the scientists try to help him he breaks out killing one of them, they then try to find him before he kills them meanwhile a scientist who used to work for them (Played by Lance Henriksen) goes to the Outpost with his son, daughter and her boyfriend to check on them but soon find themselves being hunted by the creature, with the the Outpost's doors locked they try to escape with the help of the scientist that didn't get killed by the creature. But the creature is after them and won't stop until he eats their brains.

The acting was fine and the scenes with the creature's tongue going through his victims was kind of gross, you also feel a bit of sympathy for the creature since he doesn't know what happened to him and he has no choice but to feed on brains. The Outpost is defiantly something to watch on a night. 10/10

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Must eat brains!

5/10
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids
8 March 2006

Call me easy to please, but I actually kinda liked THE OUTPOST (aka MIND RIPPER). The movie is just average in every sense of the word. It's not original and it never rises above mediocrity. But hell, I'll watch any movie with Lance Henriksen in it, because he's always decent.

Once again a military science-project has gone wrong (when will they ever learn?). On a desolate underground outpost in the desert a human is injected with an experimental virus (in order to create the perfect soldier). He then slowly mutates into a killing machine with a craving for human brains. Stockton (Lance Henriksen), who once abandoned the project when the military took over, gets called in to fix the problem. He decides to take along his son, his daughter and her boyfriend.

What we get then is your basic ALIEN-plot: a lot of running around in tight hallways, systematically killing off all the scientists and a final battle with the mutant outside the complex. Why did I like it? Ehrr... Lance Henriksen is in it... and the mutant-man's spiky tentacle coming out of his mouth to suck people's brains was kinda cool. The make-up effects were all quite good, actually. And then there was the mutant's dream-sequence (I gotta hand it to the film-makers: they got me there!). And what about Giovanni Ribisi? Well, he looked stoned throughout the whole movie (in fact, he always does, even in TV's FRIENDS). But he and Lance were the best actors of the cast. And Natasha Wagner and Claire Stansfield are always nice to look at. Come to think of it: there weren't actually many actors in this movie. Strange, when you consider that it all took place in a scientific/military facility. No security, no dumb soldiers running around, nothing.

Whatever, to me this was a nice 90 minutes time-waster with some gory brain-sucking action. Nothing special.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Mutants seem to be more hilarious rather than scary

2/10
Author: J O from Turku, Finland
11 May 2004

I really loved the Millenium series, starred by Lance Henriksen, which is why I bought the film. Obviously at some level it was a mistake. Mutant/monster films are usually very bad and this film is no exception.

The basic idea itself is not totally judged to fail (well nevertheless this film would never have been a success, even with a good director & actors), but the way it turns out this is just a B-class movie. The scenes that are supposed to be scary seem more funny to me and the critter is not credible at all.

However, watching this film with group of friends in restless mood makes this film shine as it is so unintentionally hilarious.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A New Villain on the Scene

9/10
Author: Mandi (Film_fanatic@excite.com) from Bowling Green, Kentucky
22 April 2001

Any movie where half of the cast dies, is promising to a horror fanatic, such as myself. Before I saw this movie, I was commenting to my father (also an avid horror movie lover) that there needed to be a new horror movie character. Between Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, twenty-four movies have been made to date, and while they are enjoyable and I will more than likely see any movies released about them in the future, it is time for another horror movie villain to break into the scene. The Outpost (a.k.a. Mind Ripper, the title I found it under) has created that villain in Thor. This movie was predictable, but I was very excited to see that film makers were at least making an effort to get another horror movie series started. Unfortunately, this movie did not go over well with the general public, so there will probably not be a sequel. I guess that's probably a good thing since it wouldn't be the same without Gregory Sporleder (there...you know who one of the people to die is, but you have to watch it to find out who the other four are...hee, hee).

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