The imagination of the writer HP Lovecraft knows no parallels and a horror style has even been named after him because of the amount of work his writings have inspired. The most recent horror movie to be inspired by Lovecraft was ” Underwater ” and now we welcome “Color Out of Space” which is based squarely on one of his writings. Again the challenge is accepted to make possible the impossible visions of a writer whose imagination had no limits.
A family moves to a rural area looking to get out of the city and seek the tranquility that this place offers. One night in her patio what appears to be a meteorite falls, which begins to affect the life around with a unique color. Little by little the family discovers that they too are being influenced by color when they begin to see how time and space alter, but this is only the beginning of what this extraterrestrial force is capable of.
In a story based around a color, visuals are extremely important, recognized by director Richard Stanley (“Hardware”) in his attention to cinematography and special effects. The cinematography is staggering, using different hues of purple and pink that help keep the cosmic theme relevant with psychedelic visuals that never get cloying. In the same way, the CGI effects are excellent and even better the practical ones, being fundamental in scenes of corporal horror that due to their similarity, quality and disturbing potential remind us of those seen in the classic “The Thing” and, aware of this, they give us some close-ups. of the scariest moments.
The script for Scarlett Amaris (” Blood Bags “) based on the story of the same title by HP Lovecraft depends a lot on how the actors interpret their characters, something in which the entire cast exceeds expectations. Nicholas Cage (“Mandy”) takes the leading role that, although in parts over-acted, manages at all times to convey how color is being affected, something complex considering that very little of this is brought up in dialogue or exhibition and is it depends more on what can be taught in visuals. The rest of the main cast consisting of Madeleine Arthur (“Big Eyes”), Joely Richardson (“Event Horizon”) and Julian Hilliard (“The Haunting of Hill House”) do a phenomenal job and for my taste, more in line with their characters than Cage’s.
“Color Out of Space” may sound like a sci-fi movie and while they have a lot of it, it’s not shy on horror. The plot only spends a few minutes at the beginning so that the characters can be known and within a short time it reaches its turning point, fully introducing the problem and with the same delicacy the graphic scenes. The graphic scenes are surprising and the realism that they carry is even more surprising and that makes some parts difficult to see.
“Color Out of Space” is nothing short of a cinematic genius in the horror genre, paying homage to the mind that produced the story in the best possible way. The visual aspect is impressive, in particular the realism and the repulsiveness of body horror in a perfect counterpart to the beauty of cinematography and a particular taste for the symbolism of triangles and alpacas. Neither the characters without much meaning nor the few moments of over-acting are enough to prevent “Color Out of Space” from being a jewel of horror cinema and that it will undoubtedly be well received by fans of this genre.
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