Color Out of Space | Chicago Reader

Color Out of Space

There’s something for everyone in director Richard Stanley’s screen adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft short story “The Color Out of Space.” The film successfully sticks to the source material while simultaneously modernizing it by combining elements of body horror with the cosmic horror of the original text. Set on an isolated farm in Massachusetts, Color Out of Space follows Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family, whose peaceful, rural life is interrupted after an asteroid hits their garden and a magenta-tinted cloud of sorts permeates their property. Things begin to run amok, the plants mutate, and animals start behaving weirdly. In true Lovecraftian nature, the entity that plagues the land is never exposed—it’s merely hinted at, resulting in the family slowly slipping into madness as they become prisoners of their own devices. The CGI mixed with Colin Stetson’s synth score emphasize the terror. Yet the acting heavily misses the mark, and Cage’s whacky performance distracts from the movie’s strengths.

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