Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Outcast (2010)

After needing a break from horror after House of Flesh Mannequins, it was time to get back into the saddle. Unfortunately, that had to wait until I finished my first late night as a teacher (including overtime – something I never got to enjoy before). It was a fun evening, where my 6th quarter students are starting to build a steampunk radio. Well, back to the horror. My selection was Outcast from 2010.

Plot/ It is a tale of Petronella (a Scottish/Romany girl) and Fergal (her mysterious Irish traveler boyfriend). As their doomed relationship plays out, a Beast stalks the estate, killing locals, working its way towards our protagonists.

This interesting film definitely took me by surprise. Sure, it is a low budget entry that does suffer from some of the normal flaws that plague those flicks, but definitely overcomes those small pitfalls, and is successful. The atmosphere is tremendous, the acting solid and the effects were better than expected for the budget. However, the intriguing and diverse storyline kept me interested, featuring a sound combination of dark arts, demons and witchcraft. Honestly, it all worked in a strange and gypsy-themed way. Yes, there was some pacing issues and some of it was a tad incoherent, but in the end, it was an entertaining flick that was worth watching. Check it out!



  2. Interesting but flawed movie. There's some awesome gore, stunning atmosphere and a few great actors, but also many slow and tedious scenes.
    Top notch write-up!

  3. It was a lot better than I honestly expected. I am looking forward to another flick from the director Colm McCarthy.