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Body Horror from Beyond: A TIFF Review of ‘Color Out of Space’

September 15, 2019Ben MK

When a meteorite crashes on their property, a Massachusetts family find themselves at the mercy of the strange events that follow, in Richard Stanley's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space."

The story follows the Gardner clan — father Nathan (Nicholas Cage), his wife Theresa (Joely Richardson), and their three children, Lavinia (Madeleine Arthur), Benny (Brendan Meyer) and Jack (Julian Hilliard) — who live on a farm on the outskirts of the town of Arkham, along with their small herd of alpacas. It's a peaceful existence; so peaceful that Lavinia — a believer in the occult — practices incantations in the hopes of finding a way to escape her dull life. But when a glowing purple rock from space crashes just steps beyond their front porch, that tranquility is shattered in the most terrifying of ways.

Benefiting from a spectacularly entertaining performance by Cage, who's as memorable as ever as the family patriarch just trying to keep his brood together, Color Out of Space is an alien invasion film unlike any other — a cosmic creature feature and a bold vision of body horror that defies description.

Color Out of Space makes its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 51 min.

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