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A story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches...including them.
You know the short story, Color Out of Space? Telling a tale of a place where things are beautiful and wondrous on the outside, but full of death and ash on the inside?
That is this film.
On paper it has everything you want in crazy HP Lovecraft adaptation:
Nicolas Cage channeling his signature "German Expressionist" style, think Vampire's Kiss Nicolas Cage, check
Richard Stanley directing, check
An appearance from Tommy Chong, check
Practical effects channeling the best 80s Cronenberg and Carpenter, check
Perfect psychedelic movie poster art, check
Alpacas, alpacas, alpacas, check, check and check!
As I write these aspects of the film I am remembering the crazy excitement I had going into the screening at TIFF's Midnight Madness. It should have been epic! Either an epic success or an epic failure, but still epic.
And yet, with all these wonderful ingredients, the chemistry does not work. It was meh. Painfully dull and scattered, like a student film with a big budget. Go ahead and watch it but keep very low expectations, you might enjoy it if you do.
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