Director: Richard Stanley
Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris
Staring: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur
Streaming: Amazon Rental
Release Date: January 24, 2020

Color Out Of Space was a movie. It sure was. This rendition of the H.P. Lovecraft short story is a weird blend of artsy beauty and b-movie overacting. You have visual effects that are better than would be expected and the king of overacting…the one and only Mr. Cage.

The brief log line is “A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.”

Speaking specifically from my own point of view, the events of the story don’t reach the cataclysmic events as IMDB describes, but the Gardner family sure does get screwed. The five-person family is put through the emotional and physical ringer. Their sanity is ravaged.

As a viewer of Color Out Of Space, your eyes will be tested by a kaleidoscope of colors and at one point you will ask if you are high as a kite. The alien being and the terror they presume to bring are not as dazzling or scary as the sweeping calmness of the pink cloud.

Looking at the reviews, I am in the minority in thinking that this movie was “fine.” It was enjoyable and surprising for what it was, but looking at this movie as a recommendable viewing experience…I’d be very picky and limited to put it out there. Color Out Of Space will put your mind in a weird space, that is without a doubt.

STANKO RATING: C+ (2.5/5 Stars)

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