Color Out of Space

Color Out of Space

Color Out of Space

Nicolas Cage stars in this horror, based on a H.P. Lovecraft short story, about a family affected by an alien presence. A crashed meteorite disrupts the new rural lifestyle of the Gardner family and Nathan (Cage) and Theresa (Joely Richardson) begin to suspect the orb is mutating their surroundings. Produced by Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah's Spectrevision.

Director Richard Stanley's 1990 debut Hardware is a cult favourite, but just when he was right on the brink of Hollywood success, Stanley was infamously sacked from The Island of Dr. Moreau, starring Marlon Brando, just one week into shooting. Those events, recounted in 2014 doco Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, put a dampener on Stanley's career. Color Out of Space is his first narrative feature since then—and has already been welcomed with the Best Picture horror award at Fantastic Fest 2019.

2019Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language & horror111 minsUSA
HorrorScience FictionFestival & Independent
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Weird, horrifying and spooky mix of Annihilation and The Thing. A bit more left-field than I’d bargained for, but well made and acted. Unfortunately doesn't really amount to anything meaningful or entirely satisfying.

2.0

A colourful addition to the genre

The Geets: A visually stunning and equally horrifying addition to the Sci-fi Horror genre, with a haunting depiction of an alien invasion that seems to induce euphoria and hallucinatory effects on its hosts. What starts as a typically interesting family dynamic slowly and painfully descends into a strikingly different outlook of horror that we don't...

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

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Of course, it's true drawcard is Cage. Fresh from his latest career comeback in 2018's Mandy, here we once again get a performance of two halves. They're perhaps not as extreme as in Panos Cosmatos' phantasmagoric horror, but it's still a lot of fun to see nebbish Nic slip into a full-on Cage rage at the drop of a hat.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Color just can't seem to decide what kind of movie it wants to be; high-end sci-fi or B-grade ham. It's the lovechild of Alex Garland and Ed Wood and a very frustrating experience to boot. I loved it, and I hated it.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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Cage in particular is very much in his element, proving his reputation as an undisciplined weirdo is less than deserved. His performance is one long freakout, but a carefully calibrated one, escalating as the situation deteriorates.

Variety

Variety

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It's disorderly fun that sports a directorial personality distinct enough to make one grateful for Stanley's return.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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If I tell you that Nicolas Cage's eyeballs will turn into ultraviolet high-beams, then you'll know immediately if you're in or out.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Plenty of filmmakers have put Lovecraft's many-tentacled extraterrestrial creatures onto the screen, but "Color Out of Space" illustrates a hue - and a mood - that's much more abstract.

FilmInk

FilmInk

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A well-made, mostly effective slice of cosmic horror cinema, not to mention the welcome return of a director with a fascinating eye, and is well worth a look for genre fans in the mood for something a little different.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Hitting the main plot points with well-designed SFX and some impressive night photography, Stanley's film manages to be frightening indeed, even with star Nicolas Cage’s semi-farcical leavening adding some nutty laughs.

New York Post

New York Post

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Full-bore, glorious B-movie Cage: Cranked up to 11, spattered with gore and bellowing about alpacas.

BirthMoviesDeath

BirthMoviesDeath

press

Color Out of Space more than just a great Lovecraft adaptation - its existence is one of the year's most satisfying (and, quite frankly, touching) success stories.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Of course, it's true drawcard is Cage. Fresh from his latest career comeback in 2018's Mandy, here we once again get a performance of two halves. They're perhaps not as extreme as in Panos Cosmatos' phantasmagoric horror, but it's still a lot of fun to see nebbish Nic slip into a full-on Cage rage at the drop of a hat.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Color just can't seem to decide what kind of movie it wants to be; high-end sci-fi or B-grade ham. It's the lovechild of Alex Garland and Ed Wood and a very frustrating experience to boot. I loved it, and I hated it.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Cage in particular is very much in his element, proving his reputation as an undisciplined weirdo is less than deserved. His performance is one long freakout, but a carefully calibrated one, escalating as the situation deteriorates.

Variety

Variety

press

It's disorderly fun that sports a directorial personality distinct enough to make one grateful for Stanley's return.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If I tell you that Nicolas Cage's eyeballs will turn into ultraviolet high-beams, then you'll know immediately if you're in or out.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Plenty of filmmakers have put Lovecraft's many-tentacled extraterrestrial creatures onto the screen, but "Color Out of Space" illustrates a hue - and a mood - that's much more abstract.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A well-made, mostly effective slice of cosmic horror cinema, not to mention the welcome return of a director with a fascinating eye, and is well worth a look for genre fans in the mood for something a little different.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hitting the main plot points with well-designed SFX and some impressive night photography, Stanley's film manages to be frightening indeed, even with star Nicolas Cage’s semi-farcical leavening adding some nutty laughs.

New York Post

New York Post

press

Full-bore, glorious B-movie Cage: Cranked up to 11, spattered with gore and bellowing about alpacas.

BirthMoviesDeath

BirthMoviesDeath

press

Color Out of Space more than just a great Lovecraft adaptation - its existence is one of the year's most satisfying (and, quite frankly, touching) success stories.

Weird, horrifying and spooky mix of Annihilation and The Thing. A bit more left-field than I’d bargained for, but well made and acted. Unfortunately doesn't really amount to anything meaningful or entirely satisfying.

2.0

A colourful addition to the genre

The Geets: A visually stunning and equally horrifying addition to the Sci-fi Horror genre, with a haunting depiction of an alien invasion that seems to induce euphoria and hallucinatory effects on its hosts. What starts as a typically interesting family dynamic slowly and painfully descends into a strikingly different outlook of horror that we don't...

3.0