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½ August 17, 2013
Somewhat interesting, yet very slow and filled with bland parts. The characters are kind of dull, and the overall plot gets a bit stale. Confusing moments and annoying scenes. It was almost decent, but failed to deliver.
½ October 11, 2012
Good where it counts. Atmospheric and creepy, compensating for several other low-budget shortcomings. A solid addition to the Lovecraft vault.
January 4, 2011
Il faut encourager toutes les tentatives de porter les recits de H.P. Lovecraft à l'ecran, d'autant plus qu'il est difficile de reproduire efficacement le sentiment de malaise et d'angoisse que procure à la lecture cette oeuvre essentiellement descriptive. Cette adaptation italienne de "La couleur tombee du ciel" est d'autant plus meritante que son budget etait de toute evidence effroyablement limite. Pourtant, le realisateur Ivan Zuccon n'hesite pas à transposer le recit de la Nouvelle-Angleterre du debut du siècle à l'Italie de 1943 et la tentation est grande d'y deceler un choix conscient visant à depeindre - assez subtilement - la societe italienne fasciste en voie de desagregation morale. Malgre le manque de moyens, "La couleur tombee du ciel" parvient à elaborer une atmosphère convaincante, certes un peu surannee mais qui utilise au mieux les environnements limites dont elle dispose. Revers de la medaille, le film est très lent voire même contemplatif, et refuse de fournir la moindre explication au phenomène - il suit en cela la logique de Lovecraft! - sans disposer des moyens financiers et artistiques de retranscrire correctement "l'indicible"...!
November 7, 2010
HP Lovecraft fans, rejoice! "Colour from the Dark" is a solid and intelligent take on Lovecraft's short story, "The Color Out of Space." While purists may not like the film for its taking liberties with setting and the addition of scenes that bridge the gap between short story and feature-length film, those willing to give director Ivan Zuccon a little artistic leeway will find this to be among the best adaptations of Lovecraft's work for the screen.

Set in Italy during World War II, the film begins when a farmer breaks through the bottom of a well. This releases a never-defined intelligent force that permeates both land and family, first filling them with vitality and then accelerating their decay. In scenes taken straight from the original tale, crops ripen overnight. The farmer reaps a harvest of giant tomatoes and squash that look just a little strange at first. At the same time, the farmer's injured knee is instantly healed, his mute and mentally challenged daughter gains the ability to speak, and his wife (played admirably by veteran scream queen Debbie Rochon) is overwhelmed with sexual desire. It's only a matter of days, though, before the horror starts. Those vegetables were poisonous and start rotting away, gathering swarms of flies and maggots. The daughter sets to stabbing her doll. Wife Lucia gets the worst of it fastest, though, as both her body and mind warp in terrible ways, surrounded by a strange glow and sounds that could only be loosely termed a voice.

The addition of a local priest called in to perform an exorcism yields an extra payoff not found in Lovecraft's tale. What happens when the water isn't so holy during an exorcism? In one of the films most memorable scenes, the possessed Lucia turns the table of the hapless village cleric, sprinkling him with the tainted water while admonishing him about which gods are real and which ones aren't. I haven't seen a scene like this in a horror film before, and Zuccon is to be commended for putting it into his movie. Rochon's Lucia is perfect for the scene, and is played throughout with spasmodic menace. Michael Segal is likewise very good as the bemused farmer who first resists and then succumbs to the poisonous entity in the water supply.

There are a few rough spots in "Colour from the Dark." Many of them come from Gerry Shanahan; his thick Irish accent is offputting in his role as the farmer's father and at times he seems to be reading lines rather than performing. There's a subplot involving a Jewish refugee hidden at Shanahan's house and executed by Nazis that never seems to go anywhere, although farmer's daughter Alice (Marysia Kay) spends some time talking to the bloating corpse. All of that could have been left on the cutting room floor without taking anything away from the rest of the film.

Despite those shortcomings, the story, acting, and production values of "Colour from the Dark" make it worthwhile for supernatural horror fans, whether or not they've read Lovecraft's story -- which you should do, by the way. It's one of his best; there's a reason that there have been at least three films based on it now, starting with "Die Monster Die" (starring Boris Karloff) and then "The Curse" (Claude Akins). "Colour from the Dark" is the best of the bunch, though. It balances mood and shock and does scary justice to HPL's vision while not becoming enslaved to the details, as do so many films based on Lovecraft's literature. And next time someone tells you not to drink the water, YOU WON'T!
½ August 5, 2010
Stay away from this joke.
½ March 30, 2010
With the cast all performing well (though one or two accents seem out of place at times), and its terrors convincing and unnerving COLOUR FROM THE DARK cements Zuccon??s position as one of the leading Italian filmmakers working within the supernatural tradition.
½ March 6, 2010
Colour From the Dark, which was inspired from the great H.P. Lovecraft's work entitled Colour Out of Space takes a more supernatural and unexplained route that has husband Pietro (Michael Segal) and wife Lucia (cult scream queen Debbie Rochon in one of her finest performances), and Lucia's retarded sister Alice (Marysia Kay) who struggle to maintain life on their farm in Nazi-occupied Italy, where everyone speaks perfect English apparently. Things go array for the family when they uncork evil at the bottom of their well, which does great things at first, like healing Pietro's deformed knee, making Alice function normally again, and growing the crops to great proportions. The happiness is only momentarily as the family takes an epic downward spiral, focusing mostly on Rochon's character who becomes monstrous and deadly as the evil in the well spreads further and further throughout the farm. As a companion piece to the work of Lovecraft, it follows several elements, but the end result is pure rubbish. As a stand alone movie, I'd say it's very well-made despite it's low budget. Definitely director Ivan Zuccon's best work to date (which isn't saying too much really). The real draw of this movie is the gorgeous Debbie Rochon, whose been paying dues for far too long in showbusiness, but looks to be doing it for the rest of her career (since she's considered old in said business nowadays). She's also got the best breasts I've seen, and shows them quite frequently in the film, as does Kay. If you watch the film on its own merits, you might enjoy it (I stress might), but watching it as an avid Lovecraft fan will only leave you disappointed. I liked the movie but it wasn't anything truly spectacular, save for Rochon's performance which is actually pretty good.
Matt S.
Super Reviewer
½ February 27, 2010
This supernatural/horror movie was way too ambitious for its own good considering it's very limited budget, talent and the story was just too over their heads, I've just seen way too many movies like it and most of them are way better than this mess. The only part that I liked was the creepy dream sequence in the beginning that makes you think that this might be a pretty good and spooky flick but I was dead wrong. It pretty much went nowhere terrifying from there and it was like a broken record going around in a pretty generic and boring path that lost my interest but I stuck it out waiting for something better but it never came through for me. It's a shame because judging from the trailer it looked like it was going to be one scary flick but I should know by now not to judge a movie by it's trailer but was so much looking forward to this flick, I'm very disappointed in the poor performance on display here. Overall this was pretty much a huge failure on all counts and very generic through and through, this could of been so much better if it was in the right hands. Not recommended!!! More of a 1.5 out of 5 stars.
½ December 11, 2009
certainly not lovecraft.
Pretentious badly acted movie with some confusing images thrown in for no reason.
Might have done better with real actors rather than b-movie " scream queens" from Troma and Forest of the Damned.
A big letdown
October 6, 2009
Good idea, gone horribly wrong. With a few edits to the script, better actors and less CGI we could have had a winner.
½ September 25, 2009
Not trully 100% loyal to the H.P.Lovecraft story, (rather The Colour out of space vs The Exorcist), but a decently treated horror movie with nice atmosphere, a brilliant opening and some particularly tense scenes, overall an interesting film.
September 23, 2009
creepy and cool! Nice little film this one!
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