Review: ‘Color Out of Space’ pairs Nicolas Cage with H.P.Lovecraft’s short story hellscape.

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After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare. Directed by Richard Stanley and from the producers of Mandy, Color Out Of Space opens Friday, January 24th.

Visually intoxicating, mysteriously engrossing, can’t peel your eyes from the screen, these are all ways to describe Color Out of Space. This new genre film based on an H. P. Lovecraft short story is like nothing short of stunning. Almost a dark alien fairytale, the plot affects each character in unique ways. Performances are dynamic. The plot spirals into unthinkable horror. It’s a little Annihilation, a bit of The Thing, a whole lot of Guillermo Del Toro. 

Nicolas Cage‘s portrayal of Nathan starts off Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice and morphs into Jack Nicolson is The Shining but all in true Cage mania. Nothing less would suit this film. Joely Richardson has both a measured and manic manner depending on the moment. It’s mesmerizing. The three kids are absolutely brilliant. Genuine, heartbreaking, scary, Madeleine Arthur (The Magicians), Brendan Meyer (who I adore from OA, and Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House) are all well versed in genre credits. I was thoroughly impressed by wirh their specificity.  Our two other leads roles, while smaller are similarly wonderful and nuanced. Tommy Chong‘s role is perfection. Elliot Knight gives the level headed performance the audience needs to stay grounded. He becomes the anchor and I hope somehow we see him in another of Stanley’s films soon.

The production design is phenomenal. Part fantasy, part sci-fi, all horror, the practical FX and make-up are jarring as hell. CG is just as important to mention. The color they reference in the title is its own character. The vibrancy on the screen is truly captivating. Rumor has it Stanley plans on making an entire Lovecraft series. I am here for that. Color Out Of Space comes to theaters today.


DIRECTOR: Richard Stanley

WRITERS: Richard Stanley and Scarlett Amaris

CAST: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight with Q’Orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong

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