Directed by Richard Stanley and from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft, Color Out of Space is a horror/sci-fi with a running time of 111 mins. It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arther, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, and Tommy Chong,
Release date is 6 May 2020 On Demand via Telstra, Google Play, iTunes, Fetch TV, Foxtel & Umbrella Entertainment, Plus DVD & Blu-Ray.
This is a cosmic nightmare about Nathan Gardener (Nicolas Cage) and his family of five. Their retreat to rural life is interrupted by what they think is a meteorite that crashes in their front yard. When the sky goes psychedelic crazy, it's not just a takeover of the colour purple, but an extraterrestrial organism that contaminates everything it touches and infects everything and everyone it can. It seems there is no escape from this hallucinatory prison.
Cage is the patriarch dabbling at raising alpacas and keeping it together while his wife is preoccupied as she recovers from cancer. His daughter dabbles in witchcraft while his older son can be caught stoned or digging into dad's booze cabinet. The youngest just gets lost in the shuffle. Just your ordinary awkward family going a little batty from being on top of each other, complete with a resident hippy squatter on their property.
Enter the alien meteor and things just escalate around the home front with purple flowers unexpectedly blooming in the garden, strange happenings, static noises and the Gardners themselves exhibiting signs of strange behaviour. Slowly but surely things seem to be changing and mutating subtly at first before full invasion begins.
A little tattered around the edges, Cage still shines in his performance, being the seasoned veteran that he is. From slow burn to full frustration, his behaviour is a marker for the tone of the film that gradually rises to a full bore freakout of all things sticky, icky and filled with pustules. There is no physical monster as such, but the imagination of the reality that could be is the driver in the vehicle that takes you to the grotesque and edge of no escape,
The film is well grounded in emotional reality and all the players are believable. The horror is not over the top where you're going to jump out of your seat, but just an apprehension of what may be revealed. It may surprise you that there exists a sprinkling of humour as well.