Director Richard Stanley’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s story, Color out of Space, is a slow burn. It will test your patience. However if you stick with it, you will be treated to a disturbing yet weirdly beautiful science fiction film with elements of horror.
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. The latter is even mentioned during a news telecast in the background of this film.
After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism that infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
The family is pretty much unlikeable throughout most of the film, however, Nic Cage puts a good to great performance. Starting out as more subdued before finally going full on “Cage” towards the end of the film.
This film might not be for everyone but the cinematography in the film is absolutely gorgeous.
With that said, the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience gives Color out of Space a light recommend.