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Summary: A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th February 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States, Malaysia, Portugal

Director: Richard Stanley

Screenwriter: Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris, H.P. Lovecraft (short story)

Cast: Madeleine Arthur (Lavinia), Nicolas Cage (Nathan Gardner), Tommy Chong (Ezra), Keith Harle (Hunter Jake), Julian Hilliard (Jack), Q’orianker Kilcher (Mayor Tooma), Elliott Knight (Ward), Brendan Meyer (Benny), Joely Richardson (Theresa), Josh C. Waller (Sheriff Pierce)

Running Time: 111 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

 

 

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Dave Griffiths Review

Remember those old horror films that you and your friends used to sit around and watch on VHS? There is no doubt that you have seen many horror films over the past few years and walked out of the cinema wishing there was a way to flashback to that time. A time when filmmakers made horror movies because they believed in the genre and loved it, not just because a studio had asked them to make something for a quick buck.

The good news is Color Out Of Space is one of those films. Even when you are watching the film in a big cinema you find yourself transported back to your lounge room sitting in front of your TV with the VHS plugged in. Added to that is the fact that this is a film made by a filmmaker who has been in love with the work for years, and that is obvious throughout the film. Yes there is a retro feel to Color Out Of Space but this is also a film that very much holds up for audiences of today as well.

Based on a short story by HP Lovecraft Color Out Of Space finds a family trying to re-start their lives in a beautiful home in an ancient wood. The ambitious father, Nathan (Nicolas Cage – The Rock), is trying to set up an alpaca farm while trying to mend his relationship with his wife, Theresa (Joely Richardson – Event Horizon), who is recovering from cancer.

Nathan also finds his relationship with his children is strained. His teenage daughter Lavinia (Madeline Arthur – Big Eyes) is going through a rebellious stage that involves experimenting with Wicca while his teenage son, Benny (Brendan Meyer –  The Guest) is more interested in getting stoned with their hippy neighbour, Ezra (Tommy Chong – Zootopia) then he is to help out on the farm.

All of those problems pale into significance though when the family’s farm is hit by a meteor. Although strange occurrences start happening straight away they are told by the authorities that everything will be okay, with only young hydrologist Ward (Elliot Knight – Titans) warning them that he believes it has contaminated the water table.

As a filmmaker you very quickly learn that Richard Stanley (Hardware) doesn’t much around when he is telling a story like this. He doesn’t around with jump scares and the like, instead he delves straight into the story at hand focussing on characterisation to help move the story along before delving straight into the horror at hand. Perhaps some people out there may not like the ‘retro’ feel to the horror but it really does feel like Stanley has told this story the way that Lovecraft would have expected to see it on the screen.

While Stanley’s script doesn’t exactly explain what has caused the ‘being’ from the meteorite to behave the way it does the events that follow are so horrific that the audience really won’t mind. In fact not knowing all the ins and outs of what is happening actually works to the film’s audience because it places the audience in the same boat as the characters on the screen – they can’t work out what the hell is happening and neither can we. Stanley’s approach to the horror is creative and to his credit he doesn’t try and hide the brutal results from his audience.

There also seems to be a real bond and chemistry a between the cast as well. Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson are sensational together on screen, and credit must be paid to them for not shying away from starring in an alternative genre flick like this. Aside from Jack Nicholson nobody quite does ‘crazy’ on screen like Cage and here he is in his element.

Stanley also brings out the best in the younger cast and it is easy to see that both Brendan Meyer and Madelaine Arthur have big futures ahead of them in Hollywood. With her performance in Color Out Of Space Arthur really announces herself as an actress that can deliver it all. From scenes of romantic tension with Elliott Knight to extreme scenes involving self-harm she is on top of her game. Credit must also be paid to Stanley for not using Tommy Chong as a ‘joke’ in the film. His character of Ezra is one of the most interesting characters in the film and plays an important role in the story at hand… he is certainly not just there for a cameo.

While Color Out Of Space may not be the kind of film enjoyed by the casual movie goer it is destined to become a cult classic amongst the more hardcore horror and sci-fi fans. It’s retro vibe once again reminds many of us why we love cinema so much.

 

 

 

 

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The relationship between the work of H.P Lovecraft and the screen has been a long lasting affair. Classic films such as Re-Animator and Call Of Cthulhu all started with Lovecraft and even in pop culture shows of today, like Riverdale, the presence of the great writer is still there for all to see.

Perhaps though no filmmaker has been more equipped and qualified to bring Lovecraft’s work to the big screen in the way that Richard Stanley is. Thanks to his mother’s love for the work of Lovecraft Stanley has lived and breathed the writer’s work for his entire life. Now Stanley has brought one of his favourite Lovecraft short stories to the big screen in the form of Colour Out Of Space starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson.

“I have been a massive fan of Lovecraft’s my entire life,” says Stanley as he sits down to talk to Subculture about his latest film. “I’ve been stealing ideas from his since I was a child so I figured it was important to re-pay the debt and make an official Lovecraft movie. I would love to have had his actual name on the title – like Bram Stroker’s Dracula, it probably should have been H.P. Lovecraft’s Colour Out Of Space because I did want to tilt my hat to the guy.”

“Over the years as a fan I have been very disappointed in the lack of decent adaptations that have been made,” he goes to explain. “I wish that Del Toro had done Mountains Of Madness or that James Wan had done Call Of Cthulhu so I figured that it was time that somebody did an official adaptation of one of the essential stories. Colour Out Of Space is fruit on a low hanging branch because it is all set on a single farm and is about a single family being destroyed by the ultra-dimensional threat. I figured when it came to location that was easier to produce than something set on Mars or in the depths of the Mariana Trench. We could do this on a low to medium budget which I guess is why the story presented itself.”

As we talk more about the work of Lovecraft Stanley starts to tell about the special bond that his own mother had for Lovecraft’s work. “My mother was an anthropologist and also a graphic artist in the 1960s and 1970s so she was drawing a lot of weird and trippy stuff herself,” he explains. “I think she had been an admirer of Lovecrafts since she was child herself. She started me on his more fantastic pieces of work, she used to read to me from a work called The Dream Quest Of Unknown Kadath when I was about seven years old, so there are a few of the Lovecraft stories that  are strangely enough suitable for children. That inevitable though led me onto harder things so by the time I was 13 I had evolved from the stories and was involved in the role-playing games and was fully submerged in everything around it.”

As our discussion goes on I soon start to learn that the idea of turning Colour Out Of Space into a film had been with Stanley for a long time. “I think I first thought about when I was about thirteen years old,” he says. “I think I must have read the story when I was about eleven or twelve and then when I first started to muck around with a Super 8 camera I tried to adapt the story into a script, but I abandoned it because it was obviously too complicated, but it must have come into my consciousness very early on. Partly the reason for doing it now was that it was achievable with a low budget but also because of the backwoods setting, the remote forests of Lovecraft’s fictional encounters.”

The rumours that Stanley would be making Colour Out Of Space first started back in 2013 and he admits that it has been a long road to getting the film off paper and into cinemas. “Like most things in the film business there is always a cubic centimetre of chance,” he says with a small laugh. “There is always that element of luck. I came up with the screenplay with my co-writer that I was pretty happy with and I spent a few years shopping it around. I was trying to find a production partner or cast members willing to come on board and then there was a bit of a stroke of luck that the Spectre Vision producer Josh Waller was chatting to Nic Cage on the set of Mandy, and I believe the subject of H.P. Lovecraft came up.”

“Nic is extremely well read,” he says continuing. “He is also a fan of the original material and Josh remembered that there had been a Lovecraft script floating around and he pulled out the screenplay and managed to get it into Nic’s hands. Then I believe they did a verbal deal on the back of a napkin to agree to make the movie. The first I heard about it was I got a phone call from somebody claiming to be Nic Cage from somewhere in Nevada that came through to my house in France about 2 in the morning and he was claiming that he was making my movie. I didn’t believe it and I remember waking up the next morning and thinking ‘did that really happen?’ before getting on with my life.”

“Then Josh actually came to my house in France,” he explains. “Early in the morning he started banging on my door so I fixed him a coffee and he told me to get in the car and at that point I realised that we were indeed making the movie and that we only six weeks to prepare it.”

 

Colour Out Of Space is in cinemas now.

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Vampire Academy

Summary: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK, Romania

Director: Mark Waters

Screenwriter: Daniel Waters, Richelle Mead (novel)

Cast: Mai Arwas (Lucy), Jackson Bews (Jered), Harry Bradshaw (Bruno), Gabriel Byrne (Victor Dashkov), Ashley Charles (Jesse), Macy Chipping (Young Rose), Zoey Deutch (Rose Hathaway), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Andre), Claire Foy (Ms. Karp), Lucy Fry (Lissa Dragomir), Sami Gayle (Mia Rinaldi), Nick Gillard (Kenneth), Edward Holcroft (Aaron), Sarah Hyland (Natalie), Danila Kozlovsky (Dimitri Belikov), Olga Kurylenko (Headmistress Kirova), Shelley Longworth (Feeder Norrine), Chris Mason (Ray), Cameron Monaghan (Mason), Bronte Norman-Terrell (Camilla), Ben Peel (Spiridion), Ryan Prescott (Nick), Joely Richardson (Queen Tatiana), Dominic Sherwood (Christian Ozera), Ramon Tikaram (Mr. Meisner), Dominique Tipper (Guardian Gabriela)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification:M

OUR VAMPIRE ACADEMY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s Vampire Academy review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #70

David Griffiths:

I’m sure there was a moment at some time when a production team got together to discuss turning Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy novels into a feature film. Someone in that meeting obviously stood up and said “hey the kids all seem to like 2 Broke Girls do you reckon we could incorporate some of the sassy dialogue from that into this?” Well it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, and true it’s worked in films such as Saved and Easy A in the past but sadly screenwriter, Daniel Waters just wasn’t up to the job and as a result Vampire Academy fails in its bid to become the next Harry Potter or Twilight.

The film begins with Dhampir Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutsch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) the Moroi (peaceful vampire mortal) that she is protecting being rounded up and shipped back to Vampire Academy after twelve months on the run.

While Rose and Lissa are furious at being made return to what is actually a vampire boarding school they are shown show by teachers and trainers there, including Dimitri Belikov (Danila Krozlovsky), Victor Dashkov (Gabriel Byrne) and Headmistress Kirova (Olga Kurylenko), that this was a dangerous exercise due to the fact that it appears that Lissa is very likely to become the next Vampire Queen.

As the pair try to once again fit into a school where it now seems they are very much the outcast Rose soon realises that Lissa’s life is very much in danger, something that Lissa seems very dismissive of. This spurs Rose to team up with Dimitri and Lissa’s love interest Christian Ozera (Dominic Sherwood) and try to work out who is so desperate to have the young royal all to themselves.

The biggest problems facing Vampire Academy is the fact that director Mark Waters (who is best known for delivering the big teenage hit Mean Girls) was given an absolute dog script to work with… oh and of course some pretty average acting talent as well. At times Vampire Academy does show glimpses of being the half-way decent teenage sci-fi flick it could have been but at other times it is let down by some of the worst dialogue and most clichéd moments that audiences have seen on screens since they witnessed the debacle that was Taylor Lautner’s Abduction.

There are times during this film that the dialogue is so bad that the audience bursts out into laughter at just how lame it really is. Yes this one film where the script really didn’t need editing it needed to be ripped up and thrown into a bin before another screenwriter gave it a whirl. And if Daniel Waters’ dialogue isn’t bad enough the audience also has to put up with the fact that he also didn’t know whether he wanted this film to be a serious sci-fi/fantasy film or somewhat of a comedy. Sometimes it seems that Vampire Academy looks like it is going to fit into the Harry Potter vein and then at other times it becomes so cheesy it almost feels like you are re-watching Vampires Suck.

Then there is the acting which can largely described as downright atrocious. It is obvious that the likes of Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky were hired because of their looks rather then their acting abilities because there are times during the film when they both make the cast of The Young And The Restless look like Oscar winners. Even poor Olga Kurylenko and Gabriel Byrne trip up on the script that leaves them with little more to do than just be working clichés… surely some Razzie nominations must be headed their way. In fact the only cast member of Vampire Academy that can hold her head high is Zoey Deutsch. The young actress, who most would know for her appearance in Beautiful Creatures puts in a good acting performance in which she seems to call upon the acting talents of Kat Dennings and Eliza Dushku and actually announces herself as an actress who hopefully has a future ahead of her.

From it’s clichéd poorly written script to the fact that it seems to borrowed little things from every vampire television show or movie from the last twenty years Vampire Academy is one film that seemed to be doomed from the moment its screenwriter put pen to paper.

Stars(2)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:  Vampire Academy (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Vampire Academy′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #70 for our full Vampire Academy review.

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