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Color Out of Space (2019)

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A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.

Director:

Richard Stanley

Writers:

Scarlett Amaris, H.P. Lovecraft (based on the short story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicolas Cage ... Nathan Gardner
Joely Richardson ... Theresa
Madeleine Arthur ... Lavinia
Elliot Knight ... Ward
Tommy Chong ... Ezra
Brendan Meyer ... Benny
Julian Hilliard ... Jack
Josh C. Waller ... Sheriff Pierce
Q'orianka Kilcher ... Mayor Tooma
Melissa Nearman ... Reporter
Amanda Booth Amanda Booth ... Secretary
Keith Harle Keith Harle ... Hunter Jake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brett W. Bachman Brett W. Bachman ... Reporter (voice)
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A story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches...including them.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

On the wall in Benny's room are the words "No flesh shall be spared.". This is a reference to director Richard Stanley's previous film "Hardware" (1990). See more »

Goofs

Ward Phillips states that "Most meteorite disintegrate in the atmosphere." This isn't correct. A Meteorite, by definition, is a rock from space that impacts the Earth's surface. A rock that burns up in the atmosphere without reaching the surface is a Meteor. And a rock randomly drifting through space is a Meteoroid. See more »

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Ezra: Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Cold and wet. But it burns. Sucking the life out of everything. It came down in the rock. It lives in the well. 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....
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Color Out of Space (2020) See more »

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Burnt Year
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Great Cosmic Horror but Mainstream Audiences May Not Like as Much
10 October 2019 | by accts-696-251131See all my reviews

We were all excited about this year's H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (HPLFF) and the Pacific NW premier of Richard Stanley's colourful Color Out of Space adaption of Lovecraft's famous story.

Color shows why Stanley should do more feature films (hopefully more Lovecraft or weird tale adaptions) as his passion and his knowledge of the source material shines through... much like Lavinia's forehead. It is also a very personal film for Richard as it touches on elements from his own life.

Over all the film is solid and I think the cinematography is great with very well-done CGI. Richard focuses on the family as he should but it feels like the movie has been edited down as we have gaps in the appearance of certain characters who only appear in the first and last acts. The most creepy and unnerving scene is with actor Tommy Chong near the end of the film... it is really perfect. The weakest part of the film for me is Nicholas Cage ... he is okay but distracts from the film at times. I would have preferred to have seen more of Madeleine Arthur as Lavinia Gardner.

Overall I am giving this an 8 since it is a serious attempt at a Lovecraft adaptation and hits the cosmic horror nail on the head... however I think most mainstream viewers won't get the love to source material and give it a much lower rating.

"It was just a colour out of space - a frightful messenger from unformed realms of infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before our frenzied eyes." -- H.P. Lovecraft, The Colour Out of Space

Lovecraft was very proud of "The Colour out of Space" calling it "my best tale" and "the only one of the lot which I take any pride in." Richard should take pride in his adaption as well.


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Release Date:

5 February 2020 (Philippines) See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$216,162, 26 January 2020

Gross USA:

$765,561

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$986,419
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