In this last week leading up to SXSW 2010, we’re taking some time to make special note of a category for which we have a deep affection — the SX Fantastic category, which is programmed by Fantastic Fest’s Tim League and team. For the second year in a row, Fantastic Fest has brought a series of great midnight selections to SXSW for those with a thirst for genre. This year, the selections are all over the place — from the absurdly shocking snuff film Serbian Movie to this supernatural thriller, Outcast, from the UK. No matter how you spin it, it’s going to be an interesting year for the SX Fantastic selections — I can’t wait. The full synopsis and photo gallery for Outcast, from director Colm McCarthy, are below.
Mary and her son Fergal live their lives on the run, hiding from someone or something. When they move to yet another new home, Fergal finds himself caught between the affections of his beautiful and feisty neighbour and his fiercely protective mother who will stop at nothing to protect her precious son. Their hunter is Cathal, a dangerous and terrifying man, intent on tracking down and killing them using a dark form of magic to find them. Mary’s only defense is to use the same ancient form of magic in order to protect her son. When local residents are brutally murdered by an unknown life force, the sense of fear escalates. Is Cathal the beast responsible for the killings? Or is it the beast that he is trying to destroy?
Photo Gallery: (click to enlarge)