With Colour from the Dark (2008), Ivan Zuccon adapted H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Colour Out of Space, which had also previously been filmed as Die, Monster, Die! in 1965 and The Curse in 1987.
A damned fine Spaghetti Western, Massacre Time contains all of the best ingredients to be found in the genre: machismo than teeters on the brim of absurdity, peculiar dubbing, bizarre characters, elliptical dialogue and a casual disregard for human life.
This was the third Emilio Salgari adaptation to be filmed by Luigi Capuano and produced by Ottavio Poggi for Liber Film and Eichberg in the mid sixties. This time, there was no Sandokan, with two subsidiary characters from the previous films – Yanez’s henchmen Tremel Naik and Kammamuri – elevated to the heroic roles.
The unfortunate PC. Rachel Heggie (Pollyanna McIntosh) chooses possibly the worst day possible to start a new job at an end-of-nowhere outpost in rural Scotland.