Howard McCain (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Though it ultimately ends up looking more like a cheap and cheerful monster movie than the artfully ambitious low-budget sci-fi thriller it would like to be, there's a refreshing charm to this hokey tale. A spaceman named Kainan (Jim Caviezel) crash-lands in Norway during the Viking age, but has unwittingly brought an unwanted guest - a vicious alien predator called the Moorwen. The creature proceeds to terrorise the locals, so Kainan joins forces with the warrior community to stalk and kill it. References to a host of science-fiction classics abound, including some less-than-subtle steals from Alien and Planet of the Apes, but Outlander's key influence is the epic poem Beowulf, and the muddy period setting gives the basic plot an interesting twist. Sadly, the film's limited purse doesn't stretch far enough to create a wholly satisfying fantasy world, but the vibrant young cast, and a grizzled, hammy John Hurt, have a lot of fun, nevertheless.


An alien crash-lands in eighth-century Norway and discovers the deadly creature he was transporting has escaped and decimated a village. He joins forces with a local Viking tribe and they set out in pursuit of the ferocious beast before it can cause further bloodshed. Sci-fi adventure, starring James Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston and John Hurt.

Cast & Crew

Kainan Jim Caviezel
Freya Sophia Myles
Wulfric Jack Huston
Rothgar John Hurt
Gunnar Ron Perlman
Erick Bailey Maughan
Donal John Nelles
Bjorn James Preston Rogers
Mara Petra Prazak
Unferth Patrick Stevenson
Director Howard McCain
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Other Information

Language: English, Old Norse +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Apr 2009