In the horror movie Color Out of SpaceÂ (in theaters Jan. 24), Nicolas Cage plays a character named Nathan Gardner who finds himself battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism after a meteorite lands in the front yard of his farm. The organism infects the minds and bodies of Gardner and his family, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
This adaptation of the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story is the first film in 27 years from filmmaker Richard Stanley, who directed 1990â€™s Hardware and 1992â€™s Dust Devil before his career was derailed after he was fired from 1996â€™s The Island of Dr. Moreau.
â€œWeâ€™ve updated the Lovecraft story and tried to bring it into the 21st century,â€ Stanley said, when EW visited the filmâ€™s set in Portugal earlier this year, â€œwhich Iâ€™m sure will offend some Lovecraft fans, the purists who still want it to be set in the mid-19th century in the year of the original setting of the story. But I figured we owed it to HPL to drag him into the present and to make him a clear and present danger for a current generation of 13- and 14-year-olds and for it not to seem like something thatâ€™s quaint and of the past and something that oneâ€™s grandparents were into. I wanted to make him fresh, to try to reinvent the wheel as far as Lovecraft adaptations go.â€
Color Out of Space costars Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Qâ€™Orianka Kilcher, and Tommy Chong.
Watch the trailer for Color Out of Space, above.
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