Richard Stanley has gone to great lengths to get a screen-accurate depiction of an H.P. Lovecraft story on film, and I must say, you can’t do much better than what he has pulled off.
Color out of Space is a sci-fi/horror film starring Nicholas Cage. It is about a secluded farm that is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there. Equal parts psychological and equal parts body-horror, this film covers a whole lot of ground.
The production is absolutely gorgeous. I bought the 4K presentation of this film and it has such a barrage of colors and lights that it’s easy to get pulled into. The sound design is rich and the music is perfectly atmospheric. The lights that flash throughout the film are somewhat psychedelic and surreal. And all of the actors are very good at playing their respective pieces. Nick Cage goes into full Rage-Cage mode, and it fits so well in this film that its hard to imagine any other actors filling this role.
The film itself plays out like the “Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” from Creepshow (the one with Stephen King becoming a grass-monster), but with a lot more horror going on since there is an entire family to feed to it as fodder. Each member slowly loses their sanity and they each go through horrific situations (including one very surprising and horrifying position that I will not spoil for you here), but this film fills you with every emotion from happy and hopeful to depressed and terrified.
And yes, this film had one part that made me scream in my apartment and flinch in response. Very few movies do that nowadays, but holy shit does this one deliver. I want to show this to as many people as I can, it’s really that good. It has stuck with me long after viewing.
Anthony and I agree, this is easily the best film of 2020 so far. And for that, I’m giving it the honors of a high rating.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra