Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Spook Out! Day 7 ~ Color Out of Space (2019)

Shudder Says...
"After a meteorite lands in their front yard, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling an extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, and turns their lives into a living nightmare."

I Say...
Shudder nailed it.

Horror Type...
Cosmic Horror, Sci-Fi

Main Players...
Nicolas Cage as Nathan (Daddy with Issues)
Joely Richardson as Theresa (Mommy with Issues)
Madeleine Arthur as Lavinia Gardner (Extremely Annoying Teen)

I liked...
  • Tommy Chong's supporting role as a...can you guess? Yes, that's right--a stoner! (Quelle surprise...)
  • the creative insults Benny hurls at his sister Lavinia (who deserves them a thousand percent)
  • the surveyor, Ward Phillips, who's a smart young man
  • the use of colored lights throughout the film, to convey the otherworldly
  • that Lavinia owns a book called Necronomicon (which is a little nod to H.P. Lovecraft, whose short story, The Colour out of Space, is the basis for this film)
The Meh...
  • I found some of the main characters incredibly unlikeable (the parents, the daughter)--and that's before the color out of space crashed onto their property. They only grow exponentially worse.
  • also from the jump, I felt like Cage and Richardson had bad chemistry together. I appreciate that, as a family, their characters have been through quite a bit within the past year or so, but still. They were just majorly off-putting, as a couple.
  • at the 25 minute mark I felt like something was off about the movie itself, and at 33 minutes started losing interest. I'm amazed that a movie with so much of the fantastically weird in it could be so...well, boring. Also, at nearly two hours, it's WAY TOO FRIGGING LONG.
  • again, I know that the meteor (and whatever came with it) negatively impacted the family's behavior, BUT the parents had gone to a hospital and been away a while, then returned home to find their pain-in-the-ass kids in a state of panic. But in stereotypical horror-movie-parent-fashion, they completely ignored them. My dudes, the spawn of my very own loins drove me crazy all through his middle and high school years, but if he ever approached me in any kind of distress, you'd best believe I gave him my full attention and did my best to help him.
  • Nick Cage, man. I heart him, I really do. I've seen his gonzo rants in other flicks and quite enjoyed them. Here, not so much (OK, the one tantrum in the car I liked)

Would I recommend it...?
...not really. Not if you're sober. I bet I'd have enjoyed it a heck of a lot more if I were under the influence of something Tommy Chong might have tucked up in his beard. Frankly, I'm baffled that this movie's done so well with critics and audiences. Baffled! Instead, I'd point you toward a different Nick Cage horror movie, in which parents are also complete dicks dangers to their kids, that is better written, faster paced, and in general, far superior: Mom and Dad (which did not fare so well with critics/audiences, bc apparently up is down, day is night, and who tf knows why ::exasperated shrugs::).

After seeing this movie, I felt compelled to re-read the original Lovecraft tale, as it'd been a while--and I have to say, the source material so outclasses this script, it's depressing what was done in its name. I enjoy movie adaptations, just as I enjoy song covers (the wackier, the better, so long as they've got a good beat and I can dance to 'em), and I don't need them to match the OG works completely. But I feel like this particular story should've been kept in its era and told more faithfully--and Cage, bless him, should've been directed to be more watchful (as the dad in the short story was) and less bombastic.

My Grade: C
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=86%, Audience Score=82%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched Color Out of Space on Shudder (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other streaming platforms)

This concludes Day 7 of

Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow...



  1. Alrighty then. I saw Nicolas Cage and immediately thought it might be worth it just for his over-the-top style. Sad. I'll just watch one of his other movies to get my fix (Con Air is a fave).


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