Stars: Nic Cage, Joely Richardson
Budget: $6-12 Million
Directed By: Richard Stanley
If ever a film was a Nic Cage vehicle it was this one, if you want some manic guy to play a role which needs disbelief then total belief in the same film this is you man. Type cast?
Maybe, but the guy is a powerhouse of his role, of which, no one else compares, even closely.
Based on a short story from non other than H.P. Lovecraft that tells the tale of a vicious sentient color/colour from space. It has the ability to transmogrify anything it come into contact with, with it's strange radioactivity.
The story has been adapted many times but non so close to the original work (except the date/location) as this one. Other adaptions are Die, Monster, Die! in 1965, The Curse! in 1987, The Colour in the Dark in 2008 and a few more up until this version. I can't seem to find out any information why there's such a large discrepancy between the budget amounts. The other supporting cast play a massive role too, Tommy Chong though a small part is effectively used too as is Joely Richardson.
When a man suffering a mid life crisis just after his wife has had a mastectomy he decides to up sticks and move to an old house. It was once owned by Nathans (Nic) father is in a little disrepair but he intends to fix'er up and grow their own produce too.
He strangely takes to alpaca farming too, of course the kids are a little adverse to this change as they always are. Then one night a meteor drops right in their front yard, is struck by many bolts of lightening then it kind of disappears into the ground.
Where unknown for a while if infects the water supplies nearby. Anyone drinking the water begins to mutate, from the pants, the alpacas and even Nathans family.
Ward a hydrologist and the Sheriff come to see the meteor, Ward notices the water seems strange he tests the water which is found out to be possibly infected by the meteor. Weird things start to happen such as time fluctuations, mutated vile tasting plants and the alpacas mutating into some weird wiggly mess.
One by one the family succumb to this strange mutation too, though Vivian the daughter, a practicing Wicca does try to help with her spells. Unfortunately to no avail.
Ward tries to warn them a little later but is it to little to late?
A good adaptation of the book and some great performances by the cast and crew, well worth a watch if you like the surreal and the macabre.
THN awards The Colour/clolor Out of Space 4 out of 5 stars