Other than the short story by H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 underlying his adaptation, Stanley not only confronts us with the consequences of a meteorite impact. We also witness the purplish flash that comes with it. After which the life of alpaca farmer Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage), his cancer-recovering wife Theresa (Joely Richardson) and their three children slowly seem to curl at the edges.
Time curves in and around their remote farm, nature is distorted, lightning strikes again and again in the same place and telephones only emit static noise. And that’s just the beginning. Because the extraterrestrial influence of the debris from heaven slowly but surely turns their entire existence into a monstrous nightmare
Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) of Color out of space a terrifying, esoteric horror film without light at the end of the tunnel. Nicolas Cage offers him a stage to go crazy like only this actor can. There is certainly a comic side to his maniacal behavior. Although the alienating oppression continues to dominate.
✭✭✭✩ (3.5 out of 5)