Outcast review
Looking down the endless road of nothingness. Image courtesy of Fox.

Outcast, a brand new supernatural series, is brought to you by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Based on the comic by Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, Outcast also has the same dreary, never-going-to-escape-this-small-town stench.

That was a bit harsh. I meant aura.

See, as someone who quit The Walking Dead after the second season, I can tell you that Outcast promises the same mental torture of watching endless suffering, as well as a similar exploration of the long-suffering survivalist instincts of the human psyche.

The series follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit, the teenage journo in 2000’s Almost Famous), who has been plagued by demons his whole life. His mum and wife were similarly afflicted, so in order to protect the people he loves, Kyle becomes a recluse. He moves back to his childhood home, and struggles to find his way back to communicating with friends and family.

“Take a shower.” Megan, Kyle’s adoptive sister cajoles. Image courtesy of Fox.

Kyle’s adoptive sister Megan Holter (Wrenn Schmidt) tries to help him find his way. But it is ultimately Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister), who asks him for help with a possessed child named Joshua, that brings him back into the big bad world of interacting with humans again.

“But where’s the possession?!” You squeal in anguish. “All I hear are relationships and yada yada!”

Ah-ha! See now, that’s where Robert Kirkman’s got the right idea. He spaced out the dry, oh, I-am-a-sad-boy troubles with flashbacks of Kyle’s childhood trauma, interactions with his possessed wife, and the ongoing mystery of a possessed child. It is through this encounter with Joshua that Kyle eventually discovers the relationship between the demons possessing the children of the town, and himself.

There’s always a big, white empty house against a background of dead trees. Image courtesy of Fox.

I’ve got to give it to the producers. Outcast has all the necessary tropes of a good possession flick to draw the interests of horror fans. Floating people, screaming children, contortion, black goo spewing out of mouths, fear of sunlight… ah, the scary things are endless.

The opening scene itself, as Joshua reveals his possession, is quite a shocker, built to surprise and bring in viewers flipping through the channels. At one point he even… no, you’ll have to watch it to find out.

Got a kink in your neck there Joshua? Image courtesy of Fox.

At the end of the first episode, plenty of questions are raised. Why do these creepy shenanigans always take place in a small town? Why is there always a child involved? Why do the heroes always start their journey depressed? Why does casting out of demons always take place in a bedroom? And how are all these small towns still surviving?!

The questions are plenty, the mystery big enough to encourage viewers to catch the next episode. It’s a must-watch for fans of horror. You’ll be entertained.

Catch the global premiere of Outcast on Sat, June 4, 10PM on FOX (StarHub Ch 505 | SingTel TV Ch 330)