Wednesday 2 February 2011

DVD: Outcast

When Mary (Kate Dickie) and her teenage son Fergal (Niall Bruton) move into their new tower block apartment the first thing that Mary does is daub strange protection symbols on the walls.

Who or what do they need protection from?

Feargal attempts to lead a normal life despite his Mother’s misgivings and begins a relationship with his neighbour Petronella (Hanna Stanbridge).

Meanwhile two mysterious Irish travellers (James Nesbitt and Ciaran McMenamin) arrive in Edinburgh to embark on a “hunt” and when people start to disappear it isn’t clear who or what is the culprit.

This fine atmospheric British horror film has unfairly flown under the radar. It’s a slick production with fine performances from everyone I’ve mentioned.

Full of mysticism and folklore it’s a cut above the average horror movie and although the finale is a little silly it’s an excellent British horror film that deserves to find an audience.

Writer / director Colm McCarthy has done wonders here and shown that not all films made in Scotland have to be depressing.

Recommended for horror fans who like myth and legend with their gore.
Ric's Rating: 79%

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