COLOR OUT OF SPACE (which also stars NICOLAS CAGE) HITS THEATRES TODAY, Friday Jan. 24th and sees the long-awaited return of director Richard Stanley!
Directed with great style and innovative use of light, shadows and, yes, color, “Color Out of Space” is based on an iconic short story from 1927 by H.P. Lovecraft. It’s just the latest adaptation of what is said to be Lovecraft’s personal favorite of all his short stories.
An absolute psychedelic trip of a film from the same folks who gave us the groundbreaking Mandy. Color Out of Space is visually stunning and graced with strong performances from not just Cage (who delivers a classic Cage character), but from co-stars Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Brendan Myer, Elliot Knight, and Julian Hilliard as well.
Of special note is Canadian Madeleine Arthur, who is a standout as Lavinia Gardner, Nathan’s daughter – a free-spirit who is immersed in witchcraft as well as heavy metal and is the more responsible sibling compared to her older and younger brother, regardless of if her parents (Joely Richardson and Nicolas Cage) want to admit it. Though the character of Lavinia wasn’t featured in the original Lovecraft novella, director Richard Stanley took it upon himself to include a female protagonist whose arc ultimately represents strength and sacrifice. This allowed for a modern representation of a female character to be presented in the film, something that Lovecraft famously shielded away from.
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 technicolour nightmare.