Review: H.P Lovecraft’s The Colour Out Of Space

The Colour Out Of Space Movie

Finally, I got the chance to see one of my most anticipated films from the last year, an adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s The Colour Out Of Space

The Colour Out Of Space was a film that had my complete attention from the early stages of pre-production.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

The Gardner’s have just moved to a new house in the country which they have just inherited. Not long after their big move, and just before settling down to some alpaca farming, a meteorite falls from the sky and lands in their backyard.

From the moment that the meteorite touches the ground, things start to change, the animals start to change…and now the Gardner’s are starting change.

That is all I will tell you about the story. I will let you witness this craziness for yourself.

Overall

I really enjoyed The Colour Out Of Space. I wish that I loved it, I really wanted to love it, but…

When I first listened to the audiobook, I remember being fuckin’ terrified. To the best of my knowledge, and maybe I am wrong but there was no humour involved. definitely, no alpacas. What I wanted was a full-on sci-fi body-horror, and for some part of the film, this is exactly what we get. However, there was just a bit too much humour, and when Cage went full “rage”, apart from a few really tense scenes, he brings too much “Cage” to the role…if that makes sense.

I am certain that Cage is capable of dropping what people expect of him and give us something truly terrifying and dark. Sadly, The Colour out Of space wasn’t the performance that I was hoping for. The best performance in the movie, in my opinion, was Joely Richardson.

In the Lovecraft story, he describes the “Colour” as something unearthly, a Colour never seen before by the human eye. This was going to impossible to achieve from a filmmaking aspect. So, what they have done is give us beautiful vibrant colours that we all know exist only to have them interchanging, mind-fuckingly morphing so they are never the same colour. The result is pretty much indescribable which is a huge compliment to the cinematographer and Visual FX Team. I am sure this is what they set out to achieve.

I would still highly recommend The Colour Out Of Space. Even though there were a couple of things that I complained about. The aspects of the films that I didn’t quite enjoy could be the best bit of cinema in the world or someone else. It is still one hell of an adaptation, Lovecraft would be proud.

Another solid entry from XYZFilms and Spectrevision

6.5/10

Take out the humour and some alpaca screentime, you can’t fault The Colour Out Of Space
Words by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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