Directed By: Richard Stanley
Written By: Richard Stanley & Scarlett Amaris
Based on the Story By: H.P. lovecraft
Cinematography: Steve Annis
Editor: Brett W. Bachman
Original Score: Colin Stetson 

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeline Arthur, Elliot Knight, Tommy Chong, Branden Mayer, Julian Hilliard, Q’Orianka Kilcher 

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

Another film where you walk away not sure exactly what you saw but it leaves you in awe. It is that powerful. Where you feel like you are having an experience almost transcending watching it.

Nicolas Cage maybe too much an obvious choice for this movie as one of the main protagonists. Which makes you expect madness to happen. Though he is also perfectly car as he keeps it believable in that realm and isn’t actually the most over the top thing about this movie. He seems to make a yearly comeback with at least one movie that is so strange but is totally satisfying all over that you forgive his smaller films that are more tired action thrillers.

The world that is created by this film is grotesque and wonderous. Mystical and colorful. Which only makes you wonder what director Richard Stanley making a return to filmmaking after a couple of decades could have done with his version of THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU before being fired off of it.

Which also explains the inside joke of the family at one point sitting around watching a movie starring Marlon Brando star of the movie the director got fired off of and one of the people behind his firing (supposedly)

The film is mystical that takes us on a deteriorating journey of sorts and magical that is a horror story and eventually becomes a genetic body horror movie of sorts that involves aliens and virus infestation. Though a tragedy and alien movie like no other.

The film by the end is hard to describe but just as previously director Stuart Gordon seemed to be the main director bringing science fiction writer H.P. lovecraft stories to the big screen. Similarly Richard Stanley seems to be the next director best skilled so far at doing these adaptations. Even as one is not necessarily a fan of Lovecraft’s Writing this film is compelling enough to keep you engaged and make or. interested in more adaptations.

Again this is a movie to experience. As it keeps building managing to keep surprising and horrifying continuously even on a small scale. While also mixing in mysticism.

This is definitely a WTF film a mind fuck. Own that had more to say and do then what you may be seeing and offers no answers. It leaves itself open to interpretation. Yet is no simple popcorn movie meant for just simple entertainment and easy answers. As by the end this film feels powerful.

Grade: B

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