Color Out Of Space
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Most attempts at translating his works to film have been dismal abominations.
Although there are major changes and important elements left out, overall this German production worked for me as a small budget homage to the original story.
The first few minutes are the only real detraction due to some dreadful acting by a character who, fortunately, has no re-occurring appearances. Afterwards, the acting is in keeping with any larger budget flick. The effects are minimal but several are quite creepy and work very well in the black and white format. The horror could have been intensified and extended if certain elements of the original story had been included but thank goodness we have this much.
I find it laughable whenever I hear about the considerable inability to translate Lovecraft to film when it's been done in so many movies with obvious 'borrowings' from his descriptives yet with rare acknowledgement.
This is worthy of any Lovecraft fan. Give us more!
Purist and hardcore fans of H.P. Lovecraft's work will complain about some changes that were made to the story, including one at the end. I loved the twist that's included near the conclusion. It both surprised and shocked me, which doesn't happen very often. Fans of Lovecraft and independent horror should find The Color Out of Space well worth seeking out.
I also liked that it included a Limited Edition Exclusive Newspaper Cover from the film. One side in German(where the film takes place), and translated in English on the other side.
Shot in sumptious B&W with a very competent cast and clever effects, Huan Vin shows that he is a talented director and writer that clearly understands HPL's vision of otherwordly horror that relies largely on suspense and concept rather than outright violence. In relocating the story to rural Germany the story loses very little from the original, and the inclusion of WW2 takes it into another direction entirely.
The first five minutes are a little poorly realized with some very noticeable green-screen that took me back to the Color Seperation Overlay technique of the 70s, but once the filming shifts to almost entirely location-work in the German countryside the production does not make a wrong step. It looks terrific with atmospheric locations and period design.
In all it has impressive acting, music and visuals and is a superb compliment to Whisperer in Darkness if you want to run your own HP Lovecraft Festival at home!
Hopefully Huan will be making more adaptions in the future because it is clear from the extras that he is a huge fan of HPL.
The intro seems awkward due to some stilted acting by one character, but about 5-10 minutes into the movie it settles into a disquieting groove. No gore, no screaming, no cussing - just a grinding sense of unease and tension. The main actors are quite good and you'll quickly forget you're watching a very low budget movie - assuming you're not expecting a slam-bang gorefest.
If you're into indie and oddball stuff and have the patience for the pacing it's quite good for a low budget, b&w digital video movie. Give it a chance, especially if you just enjoy studying how low budget movies are made, and the techniques used to overcome the usual audience expectation of a "film-like" look.
The monochrome conversion wasn't entirely satisfactory. Apparently in order to insert color later Vu desaturated most of the movie, and at least on streaming video the monochrome shifts between slightly magenta and greenish. It doesn't appear to be a deliberate choice to reflect Lovecraft's description of the "blasted heath" and affected area as appearing in other-worldly but faded colors.Read more ›
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I've read all of H P's work and have seen a few of the film adaptations. Though the film is chiefly black and white the indescribable color it self is not. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Fitzy Marlote
A german man is telling a story about something that happened to a farming family called the Garteners. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Molly McGee
I truly wanted to like this film. After all, its title starts your imagination running off in several directions, especially in light of the film's black and white format. Read morePublished 1 month ago by I. Teesh
Please note: I love this movie...as a regular DVD. I'm writing this because there is NO way I can play the Limited Edition Blue-Ray on my Samsung Blue-Ray player! Read morePublished 1 month ago by cavedave
Great movie. Of you're a fan definitely check it out. Might lose casual fans but I loved it.Published 2 months ago by grrblah
I tried watching several times but I always fell asleep before the end. It ran out after I fell asleep the last time. I don't know how it ends and I don't care.Published 3 months ago by Jack B. Wenger