Soon to be released in Denmark is Outburst, a horror-splatter short about zombies and a girl with no name.
Arriving later this year is the Danish splatter-horror short Udbrud, a word that means “outbreak” or “outburst” and referring 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. The girl with no name is being played by the Danish actress Anne Stenholt, who has previously appeared in a few shorts, music videos and stage plays at Århus Theatre.
Lead actress Anne Stenholt with zombie Jonas Bøgh Pedersen.
Director Henrik Andersen, who co-directed the Danish zombie-horror feature Codename: Yin/Yang a few years ago, handled 100 volunteers to make Outburst, which is a tribute to the horror films of the 70s and 80s. -It’s also a tribute to film making in general, Andersen said to TV2 in Denmark. While Outburst is not a direct copy of famous genre movies, many of the pioneering directors has influenced Andersen; Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci are of course among the main influences, as are Enzo G. Castellari’s The New Barbarians. -We love the way film was made back then. The honesty and sincerity those movies radiate, in good ways and bad ways, is real film in our view. Something big productions today lack, Andersen says to Nordic Fantasy. Other favourite directors include Ruggero Deodato, Mario Bava, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Jack Hill, Stuart Gordon, Jesus Franco, Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi, and Jean Rollin. Andersen to Sørensen Exploitation Cinema: -The willpower that fueled their visions and creativity so it could be captured on film, is a huge inspiration. One scene in the film is 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 The Call Her One Eye), starring the legendary Christina Lindberg. And furthermore, the film’s composer Flemming Berg has made a soundtrack similar to those of John Carpenter, Claudio Simonetti, Ennio Morricone and Goblin. Synthesizer horror scores at their best!
Director Henrik Andersen (left) and DoP Kim Hermansen.
Photo: Inge Lynggard Hansen.
Henrik Andersen, who not only directs Outburst but also co-wrote it with Kim Hermansen (the two also financed the movie with their own money), runs the company AMOS-FX (A matter of splatter) which provides special effects for around 20 movies, shorts and commercials each year. He prefers physical special effects: -We use [squibs] and make small explotions in front of rolling cameras. It always looks better when you make it real like that. But we can’t make everything, so we also use digital treatment, he says to the newspaper JyllandsPosten, referring to gunfire.
Faux VHS artwork designed by Allan Sørensen.
Director Andersen describes his film as “fun, because it exaggerates so much” and “so grotesque that one will laugh at it”. Several scenes required 35 litres of blood each, so fans of the crimson stuff should expect Outburst to deliver!
Actor Jesper Hvidtved Nielsen and director & EFX designer Henrik Andersen.
The 45 minute film is now in post-production and is expected to be released on DVD with English subtitles after the summer or towards the end of the year.