Released: 28/02/2020 (UK)
Director: Richard Stanley
Distributor: RLJE Films
Production Company: SpectreVision
Nicolas Cage as Nathan Gardner
Joely Richardson as Theresa Gardner
Madeleine Arthur as Ravinia Gardner
Brendan Meyer as Benny Gardner
Julian Hilliard as Jack Gardner
Elliot Knight as Ward Phillips
Q’orianka Kilcher as Mayor Tooma
Tommy Chong as Ezra
Josh C. Waller as Sheriff Pierce
Genre: Horror/ sci-fi
Film Rating: 15
Review Rating: 3 out of 5
Color out of Space is based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, written in March 1927.
The film’s plot is based on a family living on a rural farm that is raising alpacas for their milk, during which time a meteor crashed into their front garden, and started to cause strange, weird, disturbing and mutating things.
In the film, the daughter practices Wicca in the beautiful scenery of the woods when she was interrupted by Ward, who is surveying the water table in planning for a future dam.
Afterwards, you will be introduced to the other family members. The mother is a bit stressed trying to run a business, home and personal life. The oldest son who is quite happy not to help out with the farm and enjoys doing things on his terms. The youngest boy who was happily being on his own and playing with the dog. They looked or appeared to be a “normal” family through the ways they interacted with each other.
The film has a slow build-up in the beginning, but once things start to happen, there is no turning back, and you can tell by the score. It creates the eerie horror/ sci-fi tones which it needs to generate the happenings you will witness. It has stunning and compelling visuals that brought the colour out of space to life! This film is very cleverly done, and all the actors’ performances are spot on, this along with the visual effects made the film. It retains some elements from different horror/sci-fi films, e.g. The Thing, Close Encounters and The Shining. The music shows this, along with various scenes where the electricity goes out, creepiness arises from children talking to themselves and animals are acting protective.
I would recommend the film to be seen once. I think it’s a good film and if people love sci-fi and likes Nicholas Cage’s sense of humour, then this is definitely up your street.
Review by Jessica Plumb