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This review is from: Outcast [DVD] (DVD)!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!
When Mary(Kate Dickie) moves into a grotty flat in an Edinburgh tower block with her shy, introverted son Fergal(Niall Bruton), she wastes no time in painting mysterious pagan symbols on the walls. Mary doesn't want to be found, a fact that becomes even more evident when she casts a spell on a nosey housing officer. The one problem is that her pursuer Cathal(James Nesbitt) has aqquired powers of his own in order to hunt and track her down. Why is Cathal so keen to find and punish his prey, and why is Kate so eager to protect her son from the outside world, even warning away young Petronella(Hanna Stanbridge) whom Fergal has feelings for. You will have to watch yourselves to discover the horrifying truth....
I'm not sure why so many reviewers have castigated this enjoyable horror film. A joint Scottish/Irish production, it may not be perfect but at least it has the guts tell a proper story, and a pretty unique one at that, rather than just be yet another routine slasher with assorted bland teens in peril. I was initially going to give this film only four stars, but the more I thought about it the more I realised that it deserved the full five for its originality.
The cast all perform well. Nesbitt is excellent playing a character full of malevolent anger, foolish pride and a lust for revenge which finally proves his undoing. James Cosmo has very little screen time as the mysterious Laird but is a commanding presence whenever he does appear. Hanna Stanbridge is surely one talent to watch out for in the future as she is great as the troubled Petronella.
Also to be applauded are the the director and writers for making a refrehingly original horror involving magic, murder and trangression in and around the traveller community. The film also draws upon Scottish and Irish folklore for its inspirations, and altogether is a very successful brew of inner city realism and ancient magics.
So a big thumbs up from me, so please ignore the negative reviews and don't cast out this excellent little horror. Give it a chance and I'm sure it will win you over, just like it did me. 5 out of 5