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Pietro (Michael Segal) and his wife Lucia (Debbie Rochon) live with Pietro's sister Alice (Marysia Kay) in a remote Italian village during World War II. Alice, though an adult, seems to have the mind of a child and is plagued by vivid nightmares and a number of almost debilitating fears. Still the family manages to eke out an existence while hoping for the return of Pietro's brother, Luigi, who is off fighting in the war.
One day Alice loses the bucket for collecting water down the well. She tries to retrieve it but it is stuck fast. Finally Pietro lends a hand and, in the process of freeing the bucket, they unleash something that was trapped inside the well. A strange luminescent color bubbles forth. Pietro and Alice are stunned but put it down to gas or something mundane; this is far from the case.
They soon discover that their common well water has become an elixir that cures illness and makes the vegetables on the farm grow larger and faster than can be imagined. Alice's fears subside and she even begins talking. Pietro, whose bad leg kept him out of the war, suddenly finds himself able to walk normally. It could be called a miracle, but for the price. Lucia begins a rapid decent into madness, forcing Pietro to lock her away and ask a priest for help. The priest is powerless before whatever has possessed Lucia and she kills him in a frenzy of violence.Read more ›
One day while attempting to retrieve a dropped bucket from the well, they dislodge an evil glow which takes possession of things... The tomatoes get huge, Pietro's bum knee heals, Alice talks, and most important Lucia wants to "do it" on the kitchen table. Whatever the entity, it doesn't really like religious symbols.
I found the film rather boring. It had dreams where a person gets killed, then they get killed for real in a different way. It was as if the writer had two ideas, didn't know which one to use, and then said, what the heck, let's use them both. This might have worked well in the book, but didn't work well on the screen as it was used too often as filler material. Alice's relationship to her rag doll was interesting, and I wish that had been more developed and focused upon. Overall, I didn't find the production convincing and enjoyable.
Parental Guide: Sex and Nudity (Debbie Rochon, Marysia Kay-briefly)
Fans of Lovecraft will not recognise his work...much of the memorable imagery of the original story The Color From Space has been discarded because the director wasn't able to realise it. There are a ridiculous number of dream sequences to try to enliven this script but after a while this becomes irritating. There is a lot of religious imagery and a little bit of sex that have nothing to do with HP Lovecraft and don't add anything to the film.
For some random reason this is set in Italy which means that some nice scenery is ruined by having bad actors stand in front of it.
The story had so little to do with H.P. Lovecraft's story it wasn't even funny. And the sex scenes? ....sure maybe any movie but a Lovecraft vehicle .....H.P. Never wrote sex scenes in any of his work. I am so sorry I actually bought this movie ...and watched it! You want to see a close version of an H.P. Lovecraft story? I highly recommend "Dagon" ....it has it's faults BUT is VERY close to the source material, great suspense, creatures, makeup FX, locations, sense of dread, etc. I visited H.P. Lovecraft's grave .... He was actually spinning in it.
To the reviewers that praised this film ..... did we watch the same film?? ....what movies do you consider "Brilliant Masterpieces"???? .... Have you ever actually read any Lovecraft? I'm guessing ...no.
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Baffling, incompetent, slow, terrible acting, just no. If you like Lovecraft, watch Dagon instead.Published 6 months ago by Josh T. Nite
There are too few movies based on H.P. Lovecraft and most of them are low budget. While this is no exception (lower budget), it is very well done and evocotive of the Lovecraft... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anthony J. Dennis
I'm sorry for all of you who absolutely have a strong affection and tenderness to horror-fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Bartok Kinski
HP Lovecraft's story often get terrible translations onto the screen. In his stories, the evil monsters are often vaguely described and rarely seen in their entirety. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Skeptic
If you want a good movie based on "The Colour Out Of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft, look no further than "Die Farbe" - that is a masterful film which is fairly true to the original... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Thanks to a wonderful performance by Indie Horror Icon Debbie Rochon, this film manages to keep great pace and makes for one of the most cinematically beautiful films I've seen in... Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Donata
I'm sorry for all of you who absolutely have a strong affection and tenderness to horror-fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft. Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by Bartok Kinski
This is a boring and very predictable movie...the plot plods along slowly, reminding you of much better films. Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by aggiev