COLOR OUT OF SPACE & DANIEL ISN'T REAL
Spectrevision Double Feature!
Color Out Of Space, Dir. Richard Stanley, USA, 111 min, 2019
COLOR OUT OF SPACE heralds Richard Stanleys welcome return to the big screen with his long-gestating adaptation of H.P Lovecrafts homonymous short story, and stars Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson. Nathan Gardener (Cage) has relocated his wife (Richardson) and three kids from the city to a rural farmstead once owned by his father. Their idyllic new life is soon shattered by a meteorite that crashes into their front yard, bringing with it an alien organism that quickly begins to contaminate plant life, farm animals and, in time, the Gardeners themselves.
Stanleys film is a visual feast as the alien pathogen begins to infect everything that comes into contact with it, filling the screen with beautiful, disturbing, hypnotic and hallucinatory images. By crafting a creeping atmospheric path, Stanleys tale envelopes the viewer in dread and unease until everything finally erupts into an effects-laden, soul-shattering climax.
Beautifully shot, edited and acted, COLOR OUT OF SPACE is one of the very best films of the year: Brimming with originality, fully immersive, and sure to dazzle on the Egyptians magnificent screen, this film will leave its psychedelic nightmare firmly imprinted on your brain well beyond the final credits. - Spencer Hickman
Daniel Isn't Real, Dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer, USA, 96 min.2019
If you have always longed to see Drop Dead Fred reimagined as a horror film, then boy are you in for a treat with Daniel Isn't Real.
Luke (Miles Robbins) is a Manhattan college student wrestling with his studies, his artistic inclinations, and caring for his mentally ill mother. As a kid, he had an imaginary friend named Daniel who hed outgrown as children tend to do. When he makes an unexpected appearance in Lukes life, now as an adult, its with devastating consequences.
Initially, Luke loves having Daniel around; he's exciting, daring, and brimming with confidence, all qualities Luke lacks (and which start to rub off on him). It isn't long before Daniel's darker side emerges and this is where things take a turn for the worst. What follows is a thrilling and horrific look at mental illness through a genre lens. Adam Egypt Mortimer delivers an absolute gut-punch with his follow up to Some Kind Of Hate and shows he is definitely a director to keep an eye on. His use of sound and color in this film is utterly disorienting and will leave you shocked and short of breath by the time the credits roll. This is one of the must-see films of 2019. - Spencer Hickman
Adam Egypt Mortimer
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