|Title:||Color Out of Space|
|09.20.19||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2019|
This was my most highly-anticipated film of the fest. I love Hardware to death, I find Richard Stanley incredibly interesting; the Lost Souls doc and his Q&A at the fest a few years ago stands out as a highlight in recent fest memory for me. Add to that a lifelong love of Lovecraft (me getting back into the Call of Cthulhu tabletop RPG also contributes) and I the idea of taking Lovecraft, Stanley, and Nic Cage and putting them in a movie together is magic. Plus the poster is stellar.
So how's the movie? I'm happy to report that it's really good. It feels modern rather than like it's trying to capture the 1920s too hard, but the horror feels cosmic and strange rather than becoming a slasher halfway through. Nic Cage gets to be both understated and gonzo. Stanley has the budget to deliver a fully polished and gorgeous film that can play to mainstream audiences as well as Lovecraft-philes.
In particular, I love how the effect of the color manifests in the surrounding landscape and nature. The flowers and trees... and also, the thing in the attic toward the end is like, right out of From Beyond. It's so good!
Yay! I'm very happy! Also, the horse in this is named Comet. What are the chances that there are two movies in a row this fest with horses named Comet? Good thing no one fucked this one.