Outcast (2016– )
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Grew up on Stephen King, saw the original Living Dead in a theatre, have my own copies of Browning's FREAKS and CAT PEOPLE .. you know the drill.
Tried so hard to like American Horror Story but kept banging into talky self-important scripts and self-important actors and self-important directors.
Only seen one episode of OUTCAST but it looks like a find. Reminded me of the very first S01E01 of X-Files, which seems like something I saw just yesterday. (Actually WAS yesterday, I have the boxed set.)
The direction and cinematography is to die for. Great tone. Interesting characters. The producers boast one of the best pedigrees in the biz. No overblown egos, at least not yet. Really holds the attention which, as I have said my 1100 or so IMDb reviews, is the acid test of any show.
And upcoming actress Wrenn Schmidt has one of the most interesting "TV faces" since Anna Torv in Fringe. I think male viewers in particular will think that, if they were hiding in a semi-condemned house with no water or power, this would be their first choice for someone banging on the door trying to lend a hand.
Like many reviewers have said, it's that first scene that completely has you hooked. I was grimacing and enthralled at the same time.
I didn't think too much of the story-line - it seems to echo the usual haunted by a possession in the past trope, but there are some twists that bring it out of the absolutely ordinary. It remains to be seen how well they build on the out-of-the-ordinary elements in the story. Let's remember that TWD also started out regular - a guy waking up in a world inhabited by zombies was very very familiar. It is what they have done with it in the long run that has made it a gem.
This is just the first episode in what appears to be a very promising ghost series. Go Kirkman!!
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This is the slow burn that The VVitch tried so hard to accomplish. Things move slowly and deliberately towards tragedies/ triumphs in the storyline. The season ends in a good place, leaving us wanting more.
I wont lie, there are some bits where it seems to drag its feet in petulance, but it does recover. And, boy, when it twists, so do you!!
I would recommend putting in the work to get through the draggy bits for this one.
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.
After season 1 The new horror show on Cinemax comes from Robert Kirkman, the Kentucky native, and creator of The Walking Dead. Outcast expands on classic horror tropes as it follows a depressed man, Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) with a mysterious power and a troubled past, and a preacher, Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) who performs exorcisms. The two men stumble upon evil entities spreading through the small Southern town of Rome, West Virginia. At points, the show fell into a "demon of the week" episodic nature but provided enough intrigue to push through a solid introductory season.
This horror original based on graphic novel doesn't go for the easy jump scare but draws out the tension with slow, menacing dread that builds through each episode. The most gripping story of the series is the plight of Megan Holter (Wrenn Schmidt), Kyle's sister, whose terrible experiences catch up with her and her husband Officer Mark Holter (Mark Holter). This subplot flips upside down as it collides with the main storyline to make for an awesome and chill- inducing finale.
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It starts off so dark and twisted. The plot is interesting and I look forward to more.
There is a lot of supernatural horror packed into the first episode, so I really look forward to see where this story goes.
It offers The Walking Dead quality TV horror, but with demons instead of zombies.
Good actors, good casting choices so far, interesting location shots, I think we have a winner. A lot of potential for this show. As long as they keep it heavy on the supernatural and effects like they did the first episode, I'm going to stay tuned.
First and foremost, it manages to present terror or at least compelling enough scenes to hook audience. The atmosphere might be quaint and done with nice cinematography, but this actually works as contrast for some of its unsuspecting creepy sequences. Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) is a man who has experienced abuse, be it may physical or paranormal. He's utterly conflicted, although his wish to help can be appealing.
The set-up might work in different case for each episode, with Reverend Anderson(Philip Glenister) as the unusual side kick. Alas, it could be a case of the week shtick,, but Outcast has a very weighty tone to the production that it resembles horror blockbuster than a series, even though the rural setting is not that grand.
For a weekly dive into horror, Outcast is looking appetizing with brilliantly bleak atmosphere and broken character seeking respite.
Then again, it's only the first episode so there's nothing much I can say about Outcast. It's worth a shot. I hope the next episode will get better because there's only a few good horror series.
Will update after the first season.
We started watching the show because so far other than Fear the Walking Dead, everything revolving around The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, Preacher, etc have turned out to be awesome. Outcast episodes 1-6 of Season 1 are put together nicely and yes you'll notice the intro does sort of follow the layout of The Walking Dead as if it were duplicated to change imaging and music; but it's awesome. I love the cast, the story is eerie which is beautiful to me, and the effects are perfectly set. We highly suggest you to check this show out if you're not already doing so.
It holds you, shakes you and won't let you go. We're along for a major ride and thanks to cast, crew, direction and writing - this is truly a treat.
It feels like something you may have seen or felt on big or small screen - and that is your first mistake and the entrance to something awesome. Don't take my word for it - watch it, you might not feel better - but I guarantee you will love every minute!
Rather than going back to the well over and over again as does The Walking Dead, Outcast pulls you in because you aren't really sure what it is that you are scared of. Even though it could fundamentally be classified as a show about demonic possession, etc...it isn't the moments of exorcism or bloodletting in the show that are truly the most anxiety-inducing or disturbing; rather, it's the buildup to those moments, when Kyle is trying to determine which of his friends, neighbors and family members are possessed. Like any good science fiction or horror, it's the quiet moments of realization that lead up to the "aha" or jump scare moment that make it worth viewing.
Patrick Fugit is fantastic as Kyle, and the rest of the cast is certainly superb as well. This show has seemed to fly under the radar for a rather long time; hopefully other people will hear about it and voice their enthusiasm. I would hate to see something as promising as Outcast go the way of the dodo while so many shows continue to get renewed simply so they can remix the same unoriginal ideas over and over again.
Kirkman has managed to irritate me. One too many times.
In fact ... that's it. I've had it with him. He's a talent-less charlatan. I won't even be bothering with Walking Dead when it returns - I read ahead on TWD and found out what happens I got so bored with waiting.
Outcast has done the same thing he always does.
First episode is really gripping. You want to know what happens.
Talk. Let's talk. Have we talked about this? You only ever want to talk, you never talk about the real issues! You're just saying that, I wanna talk about this! Have they talked about this? I dunno, we'd better talk about it. Have we talked enough? We don't talk enough anymore. I think you should talk to him. Have you talked to her? She talked to me. We talked. But I don't think we did enough talking for the group. We'd better have a group talk. We all need to talk more. We definitely haven't talked enough. You talk, you're better at talking. Hand on, I'll talk, you talk later. We all talk now or we talk later. You gotta talk to him. I have talked to him, he hasn't talked to you. I talked to him, what are you talking about? We'd better talk about that. Talk more. Come on, talk. Just talk. Talk.
Oh oh I don't know how to write a story, so I'd better create a cliffhanger ending so people think I have some suspense ability. I'm Robert Kirkman, and basically I'm a liar and a fake.
The only good points:
* Great first episode, which turned out to be the only good episode.
* Fantastic opening track by Atticus Rose et al, with excellent visuals.
* Philip Glenister (his accent was amazing too, he only let slip one English syllable that I noticed in the whole season).
* Reg E. Cathey.
* Brent Spiner.
* Wrenn Schmidt in a wet and soapy nude scene.
None of which are enough to entice me back for Season 2.
Mr. Kirkman, you are a fraud and we are done here.
the show won't tell you anything and the show won't explain anything beyond what is necessary to hook you into watching another episode.
we've seen shows like this before. they drag out thinly-plotted stories promising to reveal something "phenomenal" only to fall flat and offer no payoff.
this show is no different.
at episode 4, you will realize the writers have no clue what this is all about. they're just pulling crap out of their asses.