IT DID SCARE the hell out of us. So there’s no question it will scare the hell out of you too.
Together with other members of the press, we watched the first episode of ‘Outcast‘ earlier tonight at Fox Philippines’ office at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) here in Taguig. It was an hour of heart-pounding moments as we see the pilot episode of the the new horror-drama series unfolds. ‘Outcast’ is set to premiere on Saturday, June 4 in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, with a simulcast on FOX Filipino and STARWorld.
Considered as yet another hit series from creator Robert Kirkman, the man behind the hit ‘The Walking Dead’ series, ‘Outcast’ has already made horror series’ fans around the world excited for the Saturday premiere.
‘Outcast’ is based on the comic book of the same name by Kirkman and co-creator and illustrator Paul Azaceta. “It is a compelling story about a young man fighting manifestations of demonic possession,” FOX says in a press statement.
Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) plays the lead character of Kyle Barnes. Also part of the series are caliber actors Philip Glenister as Rev. Anderson, and Reg E. Cathey as Chief Giles. The award-winning team also include showrunner Chris Black, director Adam Wingard, and composer Atticus Ross.
FOX said, “The cinematic treatment of a genre previously unexplored on TV makes Outcast required viewing for fans of horror and stories about exorcism.” And we totally agree. Every moment watching ‘Outcast’ is never wasted as each millisecond is either filled with beautiful shots or a scene to make every viewer hold on to their seat, if not scream the loudest. Most of us did.
Here’s a short synopsis from FOX for your reference:
“The premiere episode introduces the lead character of Kyle Barnes, a young man from the small town of Rome in West Virginia who returns home after a long absence. What marks Kyle is his dark history of having witnessed his loved ones undergo demonic possession—and it’s the reason why he left Rome in the first place. He returns years later to find the answers behind his family’s suffering, in the hopes that he can help Joshua Austin, an 8-year-old who lives in front of the Barnes house and is believed to be possessed by a demon that seems mysteriously connected to Kyle. Together with Rev. Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth, Kyle revisits Rome to face his past, discover his fate, and possibly change the world forever.”
Huge Murals in 13 Countries
Should you happen to pass through BGC this week, be sure to take a photo with a huge wall mural installed in the area. This is just one of many murals to be installed, and unveiled in 13 countries around the world made to drum up excitement for ‘Outcast.’
According to FOX, each city’s mural was painted by a local artist based on illustrations provided by Azuceta to depict one panel from the scene’s storyboard, similar to panels in a comic book. In the Philippines, renowned graphic design team, Team Manila was assigned to create the Outcast art, coloring in Azuceta’s black-and-white sketches and adding their own flourishes of Filipino culture to the art.
Personally, I find this an awesome way to let people have a glimpse of what the show offers while allows each city to showcase the local art in a global audience. The mural reveals a scene from the series’ first episode.
Every few hours, one mural in one city was unveiled online at https://outcastart.tv/ and on social media until all murals could be arranged by fans in the correct sequence to see a sneak preview of Outcast’s premiere episode. This global rollout of Outcast that includes countries in Europe and Latin America as well as Hong Kong and Southeast Asia was kicked off on May 28 at the London Comic Con, where stars of Outcast were present.
For the would be fans, FOX Networks Group (FNG) encourages you to interact with them through the murals. “Those who can visit a mural in person could also unlock previously unavailable content on their personal devices using geolocation, and if enough visitors log in to this they will be given access to a longer clip from the first episode of Outcast for an exclusive, more-detailed preview,” FNG said. More information could be found on the website.
Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Marketing at FNG Philippines said, “FOX is excited to be featuring another show that pushes the envelope for the horror genre on TV, and an original scripted drama by FNG at that. We’re confident that Filipino fans who have loyally been tuning in to Kirkman’s previous work on The Walking Dead will embrace Outcast as another fine example of edgy storytelling, relatable characters, and excellent production.”
Catch Outcast every Saturdays at 8:55pm beginning June 4, exclusively on FOX.