A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here, given that bad things just randomly happen to people who are just trying to get by. It might leave viewers thinking about the concept of evil -- how it doesn't actually have to be seen or embodied to be out there.
Positive Role Models
The characters are mostly victims. Some occasionally try to help family members out of peril, but their efforts largely come to nothing.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic, horrifying images. Alpacas (and people) are mutated and fused together into shocking abominations. Characters die. Scenes of shooting monstrosities with a shotgun. Lots of scary/creepy stuff and scary sounds. A woman cuts off her fingers with a knife (blood shown). Teen cuts own flesh with box knife, dripping blood. A cracked-open egg contains blood. Strong tension and arguing. Cancer is mentioned.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couple talks about how they haven't had sex in months. They nuzzle and kiss on the front porch and also kiss passionately in bed and prepare to have sex but are interrupted. A teen girl briefly flirts with a young man. Some sex-related talk/humor.
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Frequent language includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "c--ksucker," "p---y," "t-ts," "bitch," "ass," "goddamn," "damn," "d--k," "boobs," and "stupid," plus uses of "oh my God," "Jesus," and "Christ" (as exclamations). A cat is named "G-spot."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen smokes pot regularly (off camera), and characters talk about it. ("Are you smoking dope?" "You're high," "Your stoned ass," etc.) Adult character regularly drinks fine bourbon and fetches a bottle of wine for dinner from the wine cellar. Vague allusions to him drinking too much or being drunk. An adult smokes pot on camera. Reference to how a person "took too much acid."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Color Out of Space is a sci-fi/horror movie based on a classic short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It's a clever adaptation, with fine use of visual effects and humor, but it also has some truly disturbing and unsettling images. Expect brief but startling use of guns and shooting, as well as plenty of blood, death, mutations/monstrosities, severed fingers, tension, arguing/shouting, and more. Language is strong and frequent, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "p---y," "c--ksucker," and more. A married couple kisses and tries to have sex but are interrupted, and a teen girl flirts with a young man. There's also some sex-related talk/humor. A teen smokes pot (off camera), and characters talk about it. An adult smokes pot on camera, and another adult enjoys bourbon and wine; there's some talk about whether he drinks too much. There's also a reference to acid. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A clever, potent adaptation of a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this sci-fi shocker with a little humor and effective visual FX manages to capture the source material's unique, unnamable enigma. Writer-director Richard Stanley (of the 1990 cult classic Hardware) and co-writer Scarlett Amaris bring Lovecraft's 1927 story into the present day -- and also discard the story's flashback structure -- but keep the original tale's moods and ideas intact. The evil is never explained or seen in Color Out of Space, except in the form of ethereal patterns of poisonous, seeping colors and in the shocking mutations of living things. It's constantly intriguing -- and definitely unsettling.
Cage's performance isn't quite as consistent here as it was in the terrific 2018 horror film Mandy -- when he gets unhinged here, it's inadvertently funny -- but things balance out before the final act. Cage also provides some intentional humor (as when he watches himself being interviewed on TV about possible aliens), and Tommy Chong is terrific as a freaky old hermit. Q'orianka Kilcher co-stars as the mayor of the Gardners' town; it seems as if there might once have been more to her character, as her appearances in the finished film don't amount to much. But otherwise, the characters in Color Out of Space are vivid and dimensional, and their warm humanity lies in direct contrast to the horrors in the woods.
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