A dreadful film, almost amateur in its production.
- Color Out of Space review by DS
This is promoted as a sci fi film but in fact it is a very unoriginal derivative horror film. There is no coherent plot and the effects and ideas are all taken from other horror and sci fi genres. The first part of the film is slow and does not really gel with the later parts where the events become stupid rather than scary. The film cannot be viewed as really funny i.e. ott or as really scary. I have rarely seen such a bad film that has a reasonable cast. There are some awful B movies out there but this film has the look of a first project by a bunch of film students experimenting with CGI and special effects.
There are some very well produced and scary sci films e.g. Ridley Scott's Alien. The Color of Space is not one of these.
4 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
- Color Out of Space review by Spider
I was glued to the screen for this movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s slightly art house in the style of Annihilation (and of course has a similar concept, based on a story by Lovecraft) but is still a gripping horror. The practical effects towards the end are reminiscent of The Thing. Nicolas Cage is relatively calm for the first hour but we then get the characteristic Cage mania at the end. Highly recommended.
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Color Out of Space
- Color Out of Space review by LC
A good, solid adaptation of Lovecraft's classic horror story, without quite reaching the status of 'classic'. The main issue any visual adaptation is going to have is that the colour in the original is something so alien it cannot even be described, whereas here they've gone for a shade of purply-pink, so it's never going to feel quite as unnerving as the source material. Other than updating to the present day, the film pretty much follows the beats of the original story, and largely successfully so. In many ways this feels like a throwback to such 80's rubbery horror films as 'From Beyond' and Carpenter's 'The Thing', which is no bad thing. Slight in terms of plot, this is all about build up and atmosphere, before descending into full blown madness at the end. It may well feel slightly derivative to modern audiences unfamiliar with the original 1927 story, but that's really just an indication of how many people have tapped into that infected well of ideas since.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.