‘A Darkness Surrounds Him’ – A Recap & Review Of Episode 1 Of Outcast

June 5, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

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Horror series are more popular than ever, yet no series is delving into the dark more that Robert Kirkman’s Outcast, based on his graphic novel by the same name. The series, directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), follows Kyle Barnes, played by Patrick Fugit, a young man who has been plagued by possession all his life. Kyle, with the help of Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister), a priest with demons of his own, sets out to find answers. Along the way he encounters people who share the same affliction. He uncovers a strange connection with a possessed 8-year-old boy that leads to answers about his past. While on his quest he will discover something that could not only change his fate, but the fate of the world.


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In the premiere, titled ‘A Darkness Surrounds Him’, we see Reverend Anderson trying to cast the demons out of a young boy. At the same time Kyle who has been struggling to fight depression while dealing with the fact that his wife and child have left him. Kyle’s life has been scared by encounters with those possessed by demons, including his mother and his wife. When Kyle learns of the boy he joins the Reverend to help set the boy free. When faced with the boy’s demon he learns that it is the same one that has plagued his own life. The demon is sent fleeing after Kyle beats him back (literally). Kyle and Reverend Anderson are going to have their hands full, something dark is going on in their small town, and possession is just the beginning.


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The show is dark, brutal and haunting, and I can’t wait to see more. Kirkman and Adam Wingard make a great team. And their casting choices could not have been better. I think Outcast is going to be an amazing series. It’s the weekly dose of horror that fans have been begging for for so long.



If you missed the pilot of Outcast on Cinemax, don’t panic, we happen to have the full, commercial free, episode (below). I also recommend that you experience the interactive trailer that is giving hardcore horror fans the creeps (including us).



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