The stars appear to be aligning beautifully for Richard Stanley’s (Hardware, Dust Devil) upcoming sci-fi film, Color Out of Space. With a cast led by Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Q’orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong, the future was already looking bright for this H.P. Lovecraft adaptation. And then, just to add the cherry on top, Colin Stetson announced via Twitter that he will be composing the score. On top of the announcement, Stetson managed to draw us all in even closer by adding, ‘I cannot wait for you all to see this madness.‘
A story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches…including them.
Images of the film reveal a visually vibrant and mysterious aesthetic. This combination of visuals makes Stetson a natural and perfect fit. Stetson really came into mainstream consciousness with his haunting and terrifyingly perfect score for Ari Aster’s 2018 blockbuster Hereditary. However, Stetson’s career has been a long, varied and successful one. His work as a saxophonist and multireedist musician includes work with Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Bon Iver, Ex Eye and performances with dozens of other famous artists and bands. He has a handful of successful solo albums and provided music for the hit video game Red Dead Redemption II. This variety of experiences, collaborations and styles has given Stetson an interesting toolbox of technique and ideas to pull from. His experimentation and willingness to explore the depths of sound speak to what we might expect in this upcoming score. Let the madness begin!
Color Out of Space will have it’s world premiere September 7th at the Toronto International Film Festival.