Some time ago I happened upon a trailer for a new show premiering on Cinemax in 2016. I know there are dozens of new shows coming to our screens in the next year, but this one in particular caught my eye.
Another adaptation from the written works of Robert Kirkman, Outcast is the story of Kyle Barnes, a young man that has been plagued by demonic possession for almost his entire life. Now a grown man, he goes back to his childhood home to try and find some answers.
Aside from the massive success of his last book-to-screen adaptation, The Walking Dead, I am a fan of Robert Kirkman's graphic novels and comic book series. I am also a huge fan of anything supernatural, spooky and downright terrifying. Outcast easily fits both of those molds.
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Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers, and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.
Seeing this show come to life is particularly exciting for me for one simple reason: there isn't enough supernatural horror on television. I am not particularly a fan of procedural cop-shows or medical dramas. Fantasy and sci-fi are always great to add to my DVR list, but now that I have finally given up on American Horror Story, there is a giant hole in the scare-factor portion of my list.
It Outcast is able to capture the sheer terror of demonic possession, while still telling a strong and compelling story, I think it could easily reach the heights of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones!