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10 Mar 2020

Home Video Review: 'Color Out of Space' Is a Compelling, Dark Melding of H.P. Lovecraft and Nicolas Cage

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Joely Richardson and Nicolas Cage in Color Out of Space. Joely Richardson and Nicolas Cage in Color Out of Space.

Director Richard Stanley and star Nicolas Cage honor the work of H.P. Lovecraft with Color Out of Space, which stands aside Re-Animator as one of the better, more-twisted Lovecraft adaptations.

Living on a farm and trying to raise alpacas, Nathan Gardner (Cage); his wife, Theresa (Joely Richardson); and their three children enjoy a quiet, sublime life—until a meteor lands in their front yard and causes all kinds of chaos and carnage.

Things develop slowly, but when the horror kicks in, things get quite dark. The body horror is well done and reminds of some of the more twisted films of David Cronenberg and the like. There’s stuff involving a mother and her children that will haunt your dreams long after viewing. Oh, and then there are the things that happen to Tommy Chong and his cat.

The film features another gonzo-great performance from Cage, who gets to play both sensible and insane in the movie. This one comes from the same producers as the great Mandy—people who know how to use Cage best.

Color Out of Space is available via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.

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