In the wake of his wife Theresa’s mastectomy, Nathan Gardner moves his family, including children Lavinia, Benny, and Jack, to his late father’s farm. One night, a brilliantly glowing meteor crash-lands in their front yard, briefly traumatizing Jack. The next morning, hydrologist Ward Phillips, who is surveying the area for a dam development, along with the mayor and the sheriff of the nearby town of Arkham, arrive to see the meteor. That night, during a storm, Nathan and Lavinia witness the meteor being struck by numerous bolts of lightning. Color Out of Space 2020
Ward notices that the groundwater has taken on an oily sheen and tests it. When his test strips begin to glow brightly with the Color, he advises the Gardners not to drink it. While notifying nearby resident Ezra of the contamination, he is shown a recording of sounds of unknown origin sounding beneath Ezra’s house at night. Meanwhile, Jack becomes fixated on the property’s well, observing strange plant growths and insects, as well as claiming to communicate with a ‘friend’ inside the well. A news crew arrives to interview Nathan about the meteor, but finds that it has vanished.
Later, while Theresa is preparing dinner, she absentmindedly cuts off two of her fingers. As Nathan rushes her to the hospital, he leaves Benny in charge. On Nathan’s request, Benny goes outside to put the farm’s alpacas back in their stables, but does not return until late at night, claiming time had passed instantaneously for him. Meanwhile, Lavinia attempts multiple times to contact Nathan, but they are unable to hear each other through the phone. Upon the parents’ return, Nathan lashes out at Benny and Lavinia with uncharacteristic rage.
Later, Nathan becomes frustrated after finding that his most recent harvest of fruits has proven inedible, and Theresa snaps after losing a work client due to the faltering Internet connection, bringing the two to a fight. The same night, Lavinia tries to perform a Wiccan ceremony to save her family, mutilating herself in the process.