People are already excited about Color Out of Space, the upcoming horror film from SpectreVision. A rare cinematic adaption of the works of horror icon H.P. Lovecraft, the film stars Nicholas Cage as the patriarch of a family who inherit a farm near Lovecraft's fictional city of Arkham, Mass. A meteor crash lands into the farm and its strange radiation begins affecting the crops and family in strange and sinister ways.
The film also marks the return of director Richard Stanley, who returns to filmmaking after 27 years following the reception of the maligned The Island of Doctor Moreau. Richard Stanley's mother, Penny Miller, was a huge fan of H. P. Lovecraft and read Lovecraft's works to Stanley when he was young. In early adolescence, he read "The Colour Out of Space", which has "always been a part of [his] psychological makeup".
Despite his impact on horror fiction, there are very few film adaptions of his work. Despite his many notorious character flaws, he is credited with creating a literary subgenre known as "cosmic horror," which removes the gothic trappings of dank castles and old world crypts of horror literature and placed it in a world where humanity was a small and vulnerable species in a universe of massive alien horrors that would bend the minds of the unfortunate few who knew the truth. Many scholars believe that the interest in cosmic horror comes in the wake of the first World War, where soldiers were fed into a horrifying meat grinder at the behest of distant powers for incomprehensible reasons. Lovecraft inspired generations of writers and has seen a resurge in popularity in the last few decades.
The film is co-produced by actor and horror fan Elijah Wood, who has been a part of many recent genre successes. During an interview with Coming Soon, Wood revealed tentative plans for a Lovecraft trilogy, adding that Color Out of Space director Richard Stanely might be involved as well. Wood and fellow SpectreVision lead Daniel Noah said that if there’s “enough of an appetite for these things, and we can keep them going and make at least three of them” because Lovecraft is “such an important voice in horror.”