From the creative mastermind of the Walking Dead comes the new dark and twisted Horror series Outcast. Based on the SKYBOUND/IMAGE comic book series by Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, the TV series follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), who has been tormented by demonic possessions all his life.
In Outcast we delve into Kyle’s dark past, and witness some underlying flashbacks of abuse. Darkness appears to have always followed Kyle, affecting his relationships causing him to isolate himself and return to his childhood home. The series takes place in the small-town of Rome, West Virginia, where Kyle realizes that the darkness is everywhere and that demons are hiding among the innocent. He teams up with Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) to search for answers.
The series starts off with an eerie opening credits full of sinister imagery (similar to that of the Walking Dead opening intro). Scenes and quotes are literally taken off the pages from Kirkman’s graphic novel. As a fan of the books so far I am excited to see what else the series has to bring. The pilot’s opening scene was even actually more gruesome and disturbing than it was in the comic. Being that the series is on Cinemax, we can see how far they are willing to go when it comes to blood and gore!
“We’re allowed to be much more explicit with the language, violence and sex, but the most liberating and exciting thing is the storytelling. I feel we’re allowed to tell more provocative, daring stories that you might not normally see on a broadcast network.”
Kirkman is very involved in the adaptations of his work. Even though there are no zombies on Outcast, he believes that the show can still appeal to Walking Dead fans. He said, “One of the things that I feel makes The Walking Dead as popular as it is, is that it’s so unlike anything else on television and it offers this atmosphere of anything could happen, at any time.” Outcast is more psychological than the Walking Dead. According to Kirkman, Outcast will explore Exorcism in new ways and be more of a “journey of finding out what is going on and how to prevent it.”
Read more on Kirkman’s interview with Collider. http://collider.com/outcast-thing-to-know-cinemax-series/
Witness the 10 episode series on Cinemax, Fridays at 10PM . Outcast delivers a chilling supernatural first episode. I think there is a lot of potential; Good casting, interesting location shots, as long as they keep up the supernatural effects like they did the first episode, I’m staying tuned in!
First Published: June 25, 2014 Now 3 Collected editions (volume 3 out June 15, 2016
Had early stream on YouTube Outcast premiered Friday, June 3 at 10/9c on Cinemax.
Rating: TV-MA (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17)
For those who haven’t seen the pilot episode, you can watch it here free on Cinemax.