Saturday, June 4, 2016

TV Premiere: Outcast

Cinemax presents a new horror series called Outcast from the creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman. Set in the small town Rome, West Virginia, a demon is afoot possessing small children, or anybody really. At the center of this horror is Kyle Barnes played by Patrick Fugit. He's had a past with this demon that has resulted in him being alone and locked away inside a house hiding from everyone. Only his sister Megan Holter, played by Wren Schmidt, will come to visit and drop off food.

There is plenty of gore in this show as it is on the much less censored pay-for-cable channel and from the mind of the prolific zombie series writer. The boy who is possessed performs all sorts of gruesome acts on himself and those who try to cast the demon out of him. A particular part where he bites his finger is a shocker right at the start. Reverend Anderson, played by Philip Glenister, is called in to help release the boy from his plight but can do little in the face of such evil. The supporting cast looks good too with character actors like Reg E. Cathey of House of Cards playing the police chief.

Eventually, the protagonist Kyle decides that it is time to get out of the house and face his demons. There are flashbacks to his childhood and the abuse he received from his possessed mother. He also had started a new family but that also worked out pretty horribly, it is shown. This is mind kind of show, horror and mystery and what looks to be a much growing effect on the whole town. 

I'm enthusiastic about where this show is going to go. There is certainly some disturbing images like the hard punches thrown at a little boy from a grown man, but the horror of it fits right into the genre. I could even see this being one of my favorite new shows of the year. All of the acting ad directing look to be high quality and I think Kirkman has proven he can craft engaging fiction. The show won't be restricted by cable television. I would highly recommend horror fans check out this new show!

No comments:

Post a Comment