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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Outcast: Meant to drive your nerves up the wall

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead like me, surely you'll fall in love to Robert Kirkman's new horror series The Outcast. Kirkman creates character that grows into you as soon as the episodes unfold. Patrick Fugit of  (Almost Famous), who plays the lead character of Kyle Barnes is a young man fighting manifestations of demonic possession. The horror drama series premiered last June 4 on FOX in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, with a simulcast on FOX Filipino and STARWorld.

Outcast, is based on the comic book of the same name by Kirkman and co-creator and illustrator Paul Azaceta,

We had a chance of seeing the first screening prior to its regular showing. The first three minutes was intense and disturbing enough that I nearly fell off my seat.  All the more I anticipated for the second episode.  This is the kind of horror drama series that get me hooked, I downloaded the comic version, and now Im ready for the next TV episode. Bring it on, Kyle!

New Horror Series From Creator Of The Walking Dead Premieres On FOX On June 4
FOX Networks Group (FNG), Asia’s leading pay-TV network, has announced that a new horrordrama series from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will be thrilling audiences all over the world when it premieres in June on FOX.

Outcast is set to be FOX’s next global hit series, and is FNG’s first original scripted drama. The
series features an award-winning production team and cast, including Patrick Fugit (Almost
Famous), who plays the lead character of Kyle Barnes, Philip Glenister as Rev. Anderson, Reg
E. Cathey as Chief Giles, showrunner Chris Black, director Adam Wingard, and composer
Atticus Ross. The cinematic treatment of a genre previously unexplored on TV makes Outcast
required viewing for fans of horror and stories about exorcism.

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.

To drum up excitement for Outcast, a series of huge wall murals was unveiled in locations with
high foot traffic in 13 countries around the world including the Philippines from May 28 to June 3
to reveal a scene from Outcast’s first episode. 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. Renowned graphic design team Team Manila was assigned
to create the Outcast mural in Manila, coloring in Azuceta’s black-and-white sketches and
adding their own flourishes of Filipino culture to the art.

Every few hours, one mural in one city was unveiled online at 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.

FNG also took promotions of Outcast to the digital realm in order to encourage fans to interact
with the murals. The interactive and immersive website has become a hub for images and video
content created during production of the murals and allows fans to follow them online and
through social media. 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. More information on how fans can interact with the murals can be found
on the website.

“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,” said Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Marketing at FNG Philippines. “Our collaboration with Team Manila for Outcast was also another great opportunity to showcase local artistic talent on an international platform.”
Catch Outcast every Saturdays at 8:55pm beginning June 4, exclusively on FOX

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