I’ll be honest, when it comes to the DVD and Blu-ray purchases that I’ve made in 2010, I think that a great deal of my favorite releases have been British imports. Sure, domestic releases are just fine for widely distributed films, but let’s face it, some of the best films from the past few years have yet to get an R1 release. Sure some of them — like Rec 2 and Heartless, for example — have gotten very limited theatrical play, but not until after those films were already available for DVD/BD purchase from the UK. The end result is that many of us who have been keeping an eye on the festival circuit have been heading to sites like Amazon UK to get our fix.
Why do I bring this up, you ask? Well, it’s because it looks like another talked-about horror flick is about to be added to the list of imports to watch for. That film is Outcast, the debut feature from Scottish filmmaker Colm McCarthy, which makes its DVD debut in the UK, courtesy of Momentum Pictures, on January 17, 2011.
For those who haven’t heard about the film, it tells the tale of an Irish woman, Mary, and her son, Fergel, who are being pursued by a very dangerous man named Cathal. Though the pair have been using black magic to hide from him, Cathal has managed to locate them in the Scottish suburb of Edinburgh by using his own dark powers. As he closes in on them, a rash of brutal murders breaks out in the area, seemingly the work of some inhuman monster. The question is whether Cathal is responsible for the carnage, or is he trying to prevent it?
Having not seen the film myself, I can’t really say much else about it. However, it did make viewers at London’s FrightFest 2010 take notice when it played there a few months back. Likewise, reviews for movie from Austin’s SXSW and Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival were fairly positive as well. So, with that in mind, I am hoping to get my hands on a copy of it so that I can let you know if it’s worth your time.