Color Out Of Space (15)

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Color Out Of Space (15)
1hr 51mins

American science fiction cosmic horror film directed by Richard Stanley, based on the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft. It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Q'orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong.

This is Stanley's first feature film directed since his firing from The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). According to Stanley, it is the first film in a trilogy of Lovecraft adaptations, which he hopes to follow up with an adaptation of The Dunwich Horror

A labour of love for stanley his mother, Penny Miller, was a huge fan of H. P. Lovecraft She read Lovecraft's works to Stanley when he was young. At the age of 12 or 13, he read "The Colour Out of Space", which has "always been a part of [his] psychological makeup". When his mother suffered from cancer, Stanley read Lovecraft's works to her in her declining year

Richard Stanley's favorite Cage Movie is Vampire's Kiss (1988), he asked Nicolas to use the same style of performance. Cage Dad was also a big fan of Lovecraft
The third collaboration between Cage and XYZ production company after the highly acclaimed horror-comedy Mom And Dad (2017) and the cult hit ?? Mandy (2018).

Whats the Plot

Its about The Gardner family who move to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches...including them.

Any Good?

On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 84%, based on 141 reviews, and an average rating of 6.66/10. Its consensus reads, "A welcome return for director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space mixes tart B-movie pulp with visually alluring Lovecraftian horror

Metascore 7/10 (5.8-8.3)
Variety Dennis Harvey 6/10 wrote
Entertaining but uneven, the result is a deliberately over-the-top sci-fi horror exercise that loses some focus as the action grows more psychedelically unhinged — its oscillating tone not necessarily helped by Nicolas Cage growing likewise, in one of his less inspired gonzo-style wacky unconventional performances.

The Film Stage rated it 8/10 and said
The final result is a movie that feels as paranoid, cruel, ludicrous and radiation-poisoned as its characters; the kind of movie that is on an irregular and grotesque wavelength of its own making and will leave people not just in disbelief about what they just saw but what any of it meant, if it meant anything at all.

IMdb rating 6.3/10

Some comments:
Highly Disturbing....In A Good Way! 7/10
Great Cosmic Horror but Mainstream Audiences May Not Like as Much 8/10
Great adaptation of one of the most original writers that ever walked Earth 6/10
H.P Lovecraft would be proud 10/10
One word ...AWESOME 7/10
You either love it or hate it! 8/10

MGN review

Well what can I say. I do not know how close to the Lovecraft vision in his story this movie is but I may just go back and read the story

Both stanley and cage are fans so you’d hope theyd be strong on following that vision.

As far as sci-fi horror is concerned this has to be up there with the best. Throw all logic and sense out of the window and we have Cages best role for a long time. This is his sort of role ably assisted by his fellow actors and some ok if not out of this world special effects.

MGN rating 7/10

Out at cinema 28/2/20

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