Color Out of Space

Color Out of Space

Downloadable Video - 2020
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After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story, Color Out of Space is "gorgeous, vibrant and terrifying" (Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central)

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ddonster
Jul 08, 2020

So bad, really awful. It was on hoopla and a new release so I thought I'd give it a watch and was terribly disappointed. I can't think of anything positive to say about it.

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Ace4aDay
Jun 22, 2020

A modern adaptation of a classic Lovecraft story. I've read most of what Lovecraft wrote and I love how much room he gives the reader to visualize a scene. Here the visuals are presented to you, which somewhat ruins that aspect of the story telling. But, in a way, they also left a lot of what was happening for the viewer to interpret. This may leave some with questions left unanswered. If you need stories with breakdowns and closure, you may want to skip this. I thought it was good and now I want to go reread the original story.

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graybear2
Jun 14, 2020

Starts out with promise but then becomes a cheesy mess of a sci-fi B movie. Move along; nothing interesting here.

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lukasevansherman
May 09, 2020

As a big Lovecraft fan (less a fan of his racism), I was excited for this adaptation, which stars Nic Cage and was directed by Richard Stanley, who hasn't directed since the "Island of Dr. Moreau" fiasco (See the documentary "Lost Soul."). And it's maybe half-good. The atmosphere is suitably weird and eerie, the cast is good, Colin Stetson does the music. But it's uneven and unfocused, Cage is overacting (no surprise there), and the visuals are a mix of creepy and cheesy. This is one of the only movies I know of that makes alpacas a plot point. There is enough batpoop energy here for fans of both Lovecraft and sci-fi to enjoy, but I wish it had been better. Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, and Madeline Arthur co-star. Another Cage movie, "Mandy," is a better example of a weird, insane genre film.

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jimg2000
Apr 23, 2020

An interesting alien invasion sci-fi that strings up scenes by chapter and verse, but marred by characters who are clearly intelligent but all behave like no sane people would behave in the face of supernatural events.

JCLHollyB Mar 30, 2020

It’s a slow burn but the climax has staying power! In this Sci Fi Thriller, Nicholas Cage does his typical duty of playing himself cast as…...Nicholas Cage. (I am still not sure I can agree with those that believe he has above-average acting abilities even though I loved Adaptation [2002].) Joely Richardson, playing the mom/Theresa captured the audience, however. The horror and CGI elements are a haunting, if not psychedelic, force with an after-effect. I screamed in terror more than once! Worth a watch.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 10, 2020

This Lovecraft adaptation is all sorts of shades of messed up! I liked it's weirdness a lot.

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waterbrother
Mar 05, 2020

don't know how old these other reviewers are, maybe 10 to 12 years old?....this movie is a disaster.....ever wondered what a fallen A-list actor is doing?..Nick Cage absolutely SUCKS in this twisted version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers..(original version is the best)….However I did like the final few minutes...JUST BECAUSE IT WAS OVER....

OPL_DavidD Mar 01, 2020

A good use of lighting, color, and creature design to do cosmic horror. It's good to see a movie lean into the weird for a weird fiction adaptation.

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lindy919
Feb 29, 2020

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HP Lovecraft's writing + Nic Cage's overacting SHOULD be a recipe for disaster but somehow this manages to be a decent, creepy horror movie.
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jimg2000
Apr 23, 2020

The setting:

West of Arkham... the hills rise wild... and there are valleys with deep woods that no ax has ever cut. There are dark, narrow glens where the trees slope fantastically... where thin brooklets trickle without ever having caught the glimpse of sunlight. When I went into the hills and vales to survey for the new reservoir, they told me the place was evil. They told me this in Arkham, and because that is a very old town, full of witch legends, I thought the evil must be something which grandams had whispered to children through centuries. Then I saw the dark westward tangle of glens and slopes for myself... and ceased to wonder at anything besides its own elder mystery.

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jimg2000
Apr 23, 2020

Besides the screams and yelling, meaningful dialogue are on the pseudo science of the film:

Something sucked the charge out of the battery overnight. Probably the same thing that's screwing with the cells and the computers. It's like
an electromagnetic field.
-And you believe me now?
I don't know what I believe anymore.
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Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.
- Ezra?
Cold and wet. But it burns.
-I'm going in.
Sucking the life out of everything.
-Ezra?
It came down in the rock. It lives in the well.
-Ezra?
It grew down there. Poisoning everything. Changing everything. Into something like the world it came from. Into what it knows. We all know it's coming, but we can't get away. It's got everything that lives. They all drunk the water. It got strong. Fed itself on them. It came from the stars... where things ain't like they are here. It's just a color. But it burns. It sucks, and it burns. It burns.

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jimg2000
Apr 23, 2020

What exactly am I supposed to be listening to?
-The people under the floor, dude. The aliens. They're there.
Well, yeah, it is strange. But it's probably geothermal activity or magnetic distortions.
-No, no. Something like that. They came on the rock.
Look, no offense, Ezra, but that's pretty out there.
-You don't get it, do you? It's not out there. It's in here. It's in the static. It's in the moisture. Up is down. Fast is slow. What's in here is out there, and what's out there is in here now. Comprendo?
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There are only a few of us that remember the strange days now. What touched this place cannot be quantified or understood by human science. It was just a color out of space. A messenger from realms whose existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the gulfs that it throws open before our frenzied eyes.

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walls187
Feb 12, 2020

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