CAPSULE: This is the latest film adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's horror story tells of a meteor strike in the Massachusetts back woods. Toward the beginning director Stanley sets his story in a pleasant natural setting. As the story progresses and nature corrupts or gets corrupted. The herbage becomes harder to understand and to visually parse. The meteor goes missing and the woods and everything in it becomes corrupted and sinister. Nicholas Cage stars. Animals deform and the food form the livestock becomes poisonous. Directed by: Richard Stanley; written by: Scarlett Amaris; story by: H. P. Lovecraft. Rating: high +1 (-4 to +4) or 6/10.
This film is the latest adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's horror story of a meteor strike in the Massachusetts back woods. In one of Lovecraft's more popular stories a meteorite brings to Earth the color of a frequency of light never previously seen on Earth. The meteor goes missing and the woods and everything around it becomes corrupted and evil. We see eggs on the farm grow double yokes, one yellow and one black. Animals deform and the food from them becomes toxic. Everything seen on this planet becomes corrupted.
It is in the nature of the story that it has a slow start. The meteorite crashes during one of the most spectacular electrical storms on film, albeit created with special effects. It turns the sky to many colors, some of which are likely unnamed even outside of the film. The poison of the meteorite takes a while to spread. And then the trouble starts.
I rate COLOR OUT OF SPACE a high +1 on the -4 to +4 scale or 6/10.
Release date: January 24, 2020
Film Credits: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5073642/reference
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