We all know it’s coming.
But we can’t get away.
Yes. This is a timely dialogue, chillingly spoken by a baritone voice towards the end of the movie. You don’t have to know the context. Just reading the words out loud are enough to turn your blood cold.
Color Out Of Space deals in the unfortunate experiences a family living on a rural farm goes through when a meteorite lands in their front yard one night.
Prepare to spend one hour and fifty minutes gazing in awe at the rich hues and colors from every part of the Magenta-Cyan-Yellow spectrum. Also prepare to gasp at the abject horror this slightly dysfunctional family goes through at the hands of one of the most creative examples of monsters ever put on film.
Yes, this is that good.
Color Out Of Space belongs in the top-tier league of horrors like The Babadook, The Witch, Midsommar and others I’m unable to recollect at this moment. Yes, it builds up an atmosphere of impending doom and gloom. Yes, it contains those slow zooms on a primary subject while secondary subjects play their part off-camera in the vicinity.
And it also has some of the most effective jump scares put on film that you won’t see coming.
Yes, I know that you aren’t supposed to see them coming, and you mostly won’t. But in this one, the makers go against tradition by abandoning the “Person turns around and – BOOM – there’s the ghost, accompanied by EE-EE-EE or the loud thump” trope. You really need to experience it to know what I’m talking about.
And Color Out Of Space doesn’t disappoint. The movie’s strongest suite (and the most obvious one) is amount of LSD-induced experimentation with paint. Like the alien creature in the movie, the experience is out of this world. It also has Nicholas Cage – the man who channels every type of acting possible in this role. Like Mandy, this is Cage unhinged, and at his best.
And I’m not saying that sarcastically.
My problem with this movie is a problem I have with all horrors that don’t have a bank-breaking budget but decide to abandon the minimalist approach – they take away the mystery by displaying the poorly-rendered monster. You still have the practical effects and the camera creativity. Maybe follow Rosemary Baby’s approach and don’t actually show the baby.
Color Out Of Space, like Mandy, is an experience you regret taking without being drunk, high or stoned. But the horror aspects and the deranged Cage make up for it.