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Director Richard Stanley and star Nicolas Cage honor the work of H.P. Lovecraft with Color Out of Space, which stands aside Re-Animator as one of the better, more-twisted Lovecraft adaptations.

Living on a farm and trying to raise alpacas, Nathan Gardner (Cage); his wife, Theresa (Joely Richardson); and their three children enjoy a quiet, sublime life—until a meteor lands in their front yard and causes all kinds of chaos and carnage.

Things develop slowly, but when the horror kicks in, things get quite dark. The body horror is well done and reminds of some of the more twisted films of David Cronenberg and the like. There’s stuff involving a mother and her children that will haunt your dreams long after viewing. Oh, and then there are the things that happen to Tommy Chong and his cat.

The film features another gonzo-great performance from Cage, who gets to play both sensible and insane in the movie. This one comes from the same producers as the great Mandy—people who know how to use Cage best.

Color Out of Space is available via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.

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Maggie certainly boasts a promising premise: A father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) keeps authorities at bay as he deals with the slow death of his daughter (Abigail Breslin)—who is becoming a cannibal zombie.

Unfortunately, director Henry Hobson takes this premise and soft-pedals it, making the movie less of a horror film and more of a disease-of-the-week family drama.

While the leads do some decent work, there’s little in this movie that surprises or—more importantly—scares. I got the sense that the folks putting this movie together went in with one idea, and wound up with something completely different. It’s rated PG-13, and there are scenes that play as if they were re-edited to attain that rating rather than an R rating.

Schwarzenegger can’t really catch a break since coming out of semi-retirement, even though he’s putting in some of his best performances. Breslin did zombies much better when she was in Zombieland. Joely Richardson plays the mom role as if she has no idea what kind of movie she is in.

Hobson’s movie was highly anticipated by genre and Arnie fans—and it’s a bit of a letdown.

Maggie is available on demand and via online sources including Amazon.com and iTunes.

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