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The Color Out of Space2010

  • 3.7
Arkham, 1975: Jonathan Davis' father has disappeared. His tracks lead to Germany, to the Swabian-Franconian Forest where he was stationed after the Second World War. Jonathan sets out to find him and bring him home, but deep in the woods he discovers a dark mystery from the past. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's short novel "The Color Out of Space."

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The Legion of Lovecraft is on the move. This film, along with the celebrated "Call of Cthulu," and the recent "Whisperer in The Darkness" have established a catalog of faithful film adaptations of the work of that weird New Englander, Howard Philips Lovecraft. While "Color" takes liberties with the story (Turn-of-the-Century Arkham, Mass. becomes 1940's Germany--but hey, they make it work!) the film faithfully captures the gloomy atmosphere of Lovecraft's fiction, the macabre...horror hidden in the shadows, the overwhelming feeling of impending doom. Pre-atomic, cosmic horror. In short, this movie gave me the creeps.

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The Legion of Lovecraft is on the move. This film, along with the celebrated "Call of Cthulu," and the recent "Whisperer in The Darkness" have established a catalog of faithful film adaptations of the work of that weird New Englander, Howard Philips Lovecraft. While "Color" takes liberties with the story (Turn-of-the-Century Arkham, Mass. becomes 1940's Germany--but hey, they make it work!) the film faithfully captures the gloomy atmosphere of Lovecraft's fiction, the macabre...horror hidden in the shadows, the overwhelming feeling of impending doom. Pre-atomic, cosmic horror. In short, this movie gave me the creeps.

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The Color is a Fine rendering of one of HPL's Most allusive story " The Color Out of Space" for an indie it has great production one of the few really good renderings of Lovecrafts stories

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The Color Out of Space is an excellent rendition of a Lovecraft story. Typically, there is no real plot and the events and ending are vague. There is that morbid atmosphere that is also inherent to Lovecraft's stories. Characters are reduced to life-forms that are non-human, degenerate beings, not beings of Earth but of some ancient, cosmic, nature whose thoughts are tortured and without intelligence and self-awareness. The Color Out of Space is a well-crafted B&W movie. The gritty cinematography fits the subject matter. The direction is taught, strained even. If you are a Lovecraft fan (even if you're not), this movie is well worth watching.

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You've made some really excellent points here that inspire me to re-watch this little gem of of movie. It reallly is about the emotional essence of Lovecraft fueled with modern cinematic technique.

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H.p Lovecraft's The Colour Out Of Space set in Bavaria, instead of the wilds of New Hampshire. Very faithful to the original tale in plot and tone, even though relocated to Deutchsland. This film fits in nicely with the recent small budget, black & white short story renderings such as The Whisperer In The Darkness and The Call Of Cthulhu. Eerie and haunting, rather than grotesque like From Beyond.

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Genuinely creepy. Well done!

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A well-made, suspenseful film that should be enjoyed by both Lovecraft fans like me and those not already steeped in the stories. This "Color Out of Space" moves the story from Lovecraft's New England to World War II-era Germany, retains the essential plot, and adds a final complication which, while it might distract the viewer from Lovecraft's disturbing-enough ending, seemed to me to be very much in the spirit of the master.

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It might seem unlikely to describe a horror film as moving, but this subtle, low key translation of the Lovecraft story to a German setting seems as much the tragedy of a farming family, as the revelation of an insidious, horrible blight. There is a complete lack of Lovecraft's hysteria in the concern and humanity of the Gartener's neighour for the afflicted family and their gradual isolation from village society. Perhaps this is partly because here is a Lovecraft freed up from the stereotypes of back country white trash and the grotesque corruptions of an Ivy League elite. The basic concept of an alien blight stands up very well without the need to ham it up with monstrosity (or God forbid, in earlier Lovecraft films, the improbable introduction of sex) or ratchet up the suspense for its own sake. I think this a very fine, thoughtful interpretation of Lovecraft's great story that puts it on another plane and has some affinities with the pyschological strangeness of Kleist. Not many films of Lovecraft's material rank as works of art but this is certainly the exception.

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loved it

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Best film adaptation of a Lovecraft story I have seen. Allows the creepiness to slowly increase.

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Amazing. Divining the very essence of HP. WOW. Lovecraftian dread...the film lives and breathes it. Eminently satisfying.

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a bit stiff to start _almost gave up_but then when the son gets to Germany it sort of gets interesting_so i kept watching_& the story got more weird_never read this book so i have nothing to compare it too_so it's definitely twisted_where am i_not sure if WWII adds to the story_almost seems unnecessary_but the color saves the day even if it doesn't

Despite the changes, it's classic Lovecraft. A tale of existential doom.

It tells the story well, and it is worth watching for any horror or Lovecraft fan. The B&W filming was quite suitable, the acting passable and the flashbacks properly integrated. Perhaps I'll watch it again a few months from now and see if my opinion changes, but it didn't "stay" with me as good films most often do.