So, basically The Color Out of Space?
You may have liked it, but between that and the fact there was already a book series, it doesn't seem that original.
Of course, sometines execution matters more than originality, but even then, a C with audiences suggests it isn't going to attract many.
I admit I wasn't aware of the books, I plan to check them out.
How we define originality is based on our exposure. I was comparing it on the landscape of current movies. When I see a flood of sequels, reboots, remakes, and based off well known popular brands it makes something like this stand out.
I'm not sure how one would make a wholly original work or if it is possible or would be comprehensible. I'd put it on a scale as one of the most distinct movies of 2018. The blockbusters get tons of attention, I think it is important mid tier movies continue to exist to allow for experimentation.