Few films have managed to capture Lovecraft’s works on celluloid, despite having some of the most expansive and influential works within the horror genre.
Richard Stanley, with Color Out of Space, took on this task, enlisting Nicolas Cage along with a selection of actors at top of their game to bring his first narrative film to the big screen in over 20 years. Sadly, an odd tone, inconsistent visuals, and a bloated runtime lead to an impressive slog of a film.
Richard Stanley has had a fondness for the story since he was a child, and it shows. He captures the core elements of what makes the original story, The Colour Out of Space, an exciting read, bringing what could have been a near-impossible tale to the big screen with as much love as would be expected by a fan. It follows the Gardner family farm as they deal with the effects of a meteorite crashing into the property. Father and bourbon connoisseur Nathan (Nicolas Cage), mother Theresa (Joely Richardson), stoner son Benny (Brendan Meyer), occult enthusiast Lavinia (Madeleine Arthur) and dinosaur-loving Jack (Julian Hilliard) are all trapped within their own unique nightmare as the film unfolds.
Color Out of Space
Director(s): Richard Stanley
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight