Nicolas Cage, having just come off one of his most seriously celebrated roles in years in Mandy, is smartly re-teaming with the producers behind that mind-melting film for another bout of strange, cosmic horror.
He will star in an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s horror story Color Out Of Space, with Hardware director Richard Stanley directing his first feature film in twenty years. ACE Pictures and SpectreVision are producing, the latter of which helped Cage and co. create a phantasmagoric experience with Mandy, though of course much of that was also down to director Panos Cosmatos, who isn’t involved here.
Color Out Of Space follows The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to get away from their previously hectic life.
However, while adjusting to their new home, a meteorite crashes into their garden, melting into the earth and seemingly infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly colour. Soon the family discovers that this alien force is gradually mutating anything it touches, including them.
SpectreVision partner Daniel Noah said of the project:
“Lovecraft is the dark father of modern horror, and we have been searching for an adaptation that captures the true scope of his cosmic dread for years. Richard Stanley – a wizard in his own right – will at long last bring Lovecraft’s humbling power to the screen unfiltered”.
Stanley’s early career in the early 90s looked good, but the ill-fated 1996 film The Island Of Dr. Moreau essentially doomed his career. However, that film, despite being awful, is kind of a tacky, unintentionally hilarious masterpiece, the kind of thing Cage has also excelled at in his post-debt career.
So essentially, we should be guaranteed one of two things with this Lovecraft adaptation. Either another Mandy-esque out-of-body horror experience, or a terrible but gloriously entertaining trainwreck. Either one would be worthwhile.