Purple reign

For Critics Notebook a look at Color Out of Space, Richard Stanley’s first feature film in 27 years. Since the last one was Dust Devil, still safely in my personal Top Ten, it would have been tough to hit the ground running as fast as that at the first attempt back in the arena. I’m not sure there’s much true overlap between HP Lovecraft’s Great Cosmic Downers and Stanley’s more humane beliefs about the evil that men do either; but he’s one of cinema’s true esoteric seekers, and they don’t get work often enough any more. Plus he’s already wondered about the mysteries of meteorites while making a film about the Holy Grail and the Nazis.

More on Dust Devil and Hardware from the archives. It takes three data points to make a pattern, so those credit sequences now stand revealed as a set.


March 1, 2020