Color Out of Space
Runtime: 1h 51m
Director: Richard Stanley
Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight
“The car is not happening.”
Initial: Same producers as Mandy, which also stars Nicolas Cage and is bat-shit crazy.
Production Notes: Plenty of weird fiction nods. Two of the most notable: our main character’s name in Ward Philips (after Howard Philips Lovecraft) and in one scene he’s seen reading “The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood.
What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead)
We’ve entered the age of film-making when special effects can keep up with the imaginations of creators as they interpret Lovecraft’s non-descriptions. Okay, that might be an unwarranted knock on Lovecraft—I haven’t read “The Colour Out of Space,” maybe he decided to be verbose in the direction of description instead of falling back on unknowable horrors…
Obviously, the look of this movie is important, and it delivers. Some of it is quite beautiful, some of it kind of nauseating (there is only so much magenta that I can take), and some of is downright gory. I mostly liked this movie. The plot is fine; the story is set in motion and continues to its fairly logical conclusion. I’m certainly not against a grim ending. The only drawback of A Color Out of Space is actually Nicolas Cage. His quirky nuttiness is fine, but occasionally he lapses into this kvetching New Jersey accent and it doesn’t really go with the rest of the character.