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Outcast

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Most Original - But Surprisingly Good May 7 2012
By Compay - Published on Amazon.com
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Outcast was definitely better than I had expected it to be. The film tells the story of a woman and her son hiding out in a Scotland slum from would-be killers that have tracked them from Ireland. Things become complicated further when the son becomes the love interest of a beautiful young neighbor, and the witchcraft-practicing mother has to protect her son from what she considers a number of threats.

The film was shot well, with good cinematography and color correction. The film was shot on location in Edinburgh, and the visuals are kept dreary to stay in sync with the theme of the movie. The film is light on gore, but there's enough to satisfy most horror fans. The audience isn't given much of the film's "monster" throughout most of the movie, which seems to help make this a film just as much about the characters as offering up scares.

One of the best aspects of the film, though, is the cast. I became a fan of Scottish actress Kate Dickie after watching her performance in Red Road back in 2006, and she doesn't disappoint in Outcast as the overprotective mother. The absolutely gorgeous Hanna Stanbridge makes a great film debut with Outcast as Petronella, neighbor to the mysterious couple practicing ancient magic next door. The remainder of the cast is rounded out by seasoned film veterans from Scotland and Ireland.

My first complaint about the movie was that there wasn't enough backstory. As the film progresses, you learn more about the ancient Celtic magic being practiced, but you are never given the full picture. It's hard to completely understand how all the puzzles fit together, or the significance of some of the characters (such as the man who must give permission for the hunters to search for the beast in Edinburgh).

The only other problem that I had with Outcast was that it wasn't completely original. While I had never seen a film focused on Celtic magic, the plot itself seemed to borrow from a few other movies. Outcast seems to borrow a few elements from Let the Right One In, but it certainly will remind horror fans of Stephen King's 1992 film Sleepwalkers. There's a son that changes into a beast, on the run from town to town with his overprotective mother. While the two movies aren't identical, it would have been nice to see a completely new spin on the concept.

Overall, I thought Outcast was a good film to watch. It was certainly shot and cast better than most straight to video horror flicks that I'm used to, with a slightly better story. If you're a horror fan, it's definitely worth a watch.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching but not great... Feb. 24 2012
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is entertaining, a little slow but grabs your interest. It's worth watching but it could have been so much better. The story has a good base topic, witchcraft but it starts to lack dramatic encounters as the movie goes on. The ending is however not lacking in excitement and brings the movie to an exciting close.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another creepy great movie May 5 2012
By violet rose - Published on Amazon.com
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a must see for horror fans....creepy, dark, strange, gritty, & unique.....i felt it was made well....characters good.........kept my interest....totally not what i was expecting...loved it !!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected. Aug. 16 2013
By N.J. - Published on Amazon.com
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The reviews on this movie are split in the middle, but once I read the cast list and saw James Nesbitt was in it, I thought I'd give it a shot. It was cheap used anyway. I went in disregarding whatever I'd read previously, and just took the movie as is. The accents are thick, but given there are English subtitles, I didn't have much of a problem understanding the dialogue. The story is intriguing in that as you follow a mother and her son, you're treated to occult imagery and rituals that are definitely outside the norm. It's probably the most compelling and disappointing aspect of the film since it's not explained well enough, and shoved towards the background after a while. Perhaps if the group (coven?) that sent Cathal had been shown a bit more, the magic wouldn't appear so muddled.

The characters are decent though they aren't given a lot to do. You've got the love interest and her friends, the duo gunning for the mother's son, and a few authority figures. The plot isn't anything new, and the big twist towards the end was rather obvious. Still, I found a lot to like during the film. The acting was great, and the atmosphere appropriately moody. It won't win much acclaim, and some might end up disliking it, but it's definitely not your everyday horror movie. It strives to be different, and I think it succeeded. Keep an eye out for Karen Gillan!
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique, gross, a little long but decent overall March 3 2012
By Clementine - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie was gross but not particularly scary or creepy. Lots of body fluids, icky textures and oozing wounds. It's hard having a queasy stomach and loving horror films so much. I think it's why I watch them. One thing I have to say about this movie is that it is yet another horror film that falls back on the gimmick of animal cruelty, which ultimately adds absolutely nothing of value to the movie in terms of plot or character development. Film makers seem to insert scenes like the as a lazy way to tell the viewer how depraved a character is. It's become pretty predictable. The scenes of birds being barbarically gutted really irritated me. I ended up fast-forwarding through about 20 minutes to avoid these scenes. Anyway, that's just me probably. I did enjoy the creative (but not well-explained) concept of the movie, the acting was fine (save James Nesbitt doing yet another version of Mr. Hyde), and I really enjoyed the atmosphere/cinematography throughout.

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