Outcast 2010 REVIEW

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Outcast 2010 is a brutal, bloody and violent Scottish horror that is well worth seeking out, says SIMON BALL

Outcast 2010
Outcast 2010 poster

TITLE: Outcast
YEAR RELEASE: 10 December 2010
DIRECTOR: Colm McCarthy
WRITER: Colm McCarthy, Tom McCarthy
CAST: James Nesbitt, Kate Dickie, Niall Bruton, Hanna Stanbridge, Ciarán McMenamin, James Cosmo, Ian Whyte, Karen Gillan, Daniel Portman, Therese Bradley, Josh Whitelaw, Claire Catterson, Sean McCarthy, Christine Tremarco, Christopher Downie

Outcast 2010 Review

When Mary (Kate Dickie) and her son Fergal (Niall Bruton) settle in a squalid Edinburgh sink estate Mary daubs protective runes on the walls of their new flat.

You see Mary has a secret, she’s a member of an ancient Irish tribe of enchanters and Fergal is bastard son of a union with a rival clan.

Not only that, but the teenager has the disturbing ability to shapeshift into an icky sticky demon with a thirst for human flesh when he gets sexually aroused.

Then he goes and falls for local lass Petronella (Hanna Stockbridge). It’s not going to end well is it?

The seriously psychotic Cathal (James Nesbitt) his skin freshly tattooed with magical symbols and warlock Liam (Ciaran McMenamin) are determined to hunt the pair down.

When Liam’s spells fail to penetrate Mary’s magic screen, Cathal loses patience and against the orders of Edinburgh’s pagan Laird (James Cosmo) uses the only kind of magic capable of overriding her sorcery to track the pair down.

Outcast 2010 scene
Scene from Outcast 2010

Brutal, bloody and violent Outcast has been described as an unsanitised Twilight with its premise of a supernatural being falling for a human teen.

Only unlike the world inhabited Bella and Edward, Fergal and Petronella’s is squalid, dirty and hopeless, with the ever-present threat of violence from teenage street gangs. The depiction of magic isn’t pretty either with blood=letting, bugs and casual slaughter.

An intelligently written movie with a believable depiction of teenage love, sink estate life, street violence and even magic ritual, Nesbitt is on top form as the deranged Cathal snarling his way through the movie without the merest hint of the humour that lightens most of his other roles.

Outcast is well worth seeking out even if I did have to put on the subtitles to understand some of James Cosmo’s heavily-accented lines.

And yes blink and you will miss her, that is a pre-Amy Pond Karen Gillan as Petronella’s short lived pal Ally.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Outcast 2010

  1. Outcast 2010 premiered in March 2010 as part of the South by Southwest film festival in Texas, US. It also screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
  2. The film’s tagline was “Evil runs in the blood”.
  3. Director Colm McCarthy’s writing partner was his brother Tom.
  4. Colm McCarthy has gone on to be a successful television director. His credits include Dr Who, Ripper Street, Black Mirror, Sherlock, Spooks and Hustle.
  5. Outcast’ was filmed over three weeks in Scotland, followed by a two-week shoot in Galway in Ireland. 

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