This is yet another Lovecraft adaption that is shot on B & W pro level video this time not coming from The H.P Lovecraft Historical Society but from some German guys! This is an interesting film that once again manages to maintain a sense of dread and atmosphere but due to the un cinematic nature of Lovecraft's stories there has to be some modification.
In this case the setting is changed to Germany and is told in flashbacks. It also takes place before world War two and in the present (the 1960's lol!) with an American traveling to find his missing father. The german woods are creepy and there is a nice look at rural German life in Swabia-Franconia. I could have done without the brief WW2 scene where a bunch of GI's get involved but I am sick of WW2 in general and the fact that anything German has to refer to that.
Fucking enough already..
The story is well known, a mysterious color falls from space and seeps into the ground of a rural farm. It mutates the flora and fauna into horrible monstrosities and then starts to affect the people as well. Lovecraft was up on science and probably had read about the accounts of radiation poisoning already occurring with the early X ray technicians and the use of fluoroscopes. Today filters, counters, shielding and other things make the profession safe but back then these people had no idea of the effects radiation could have. Obviously this was well before the nuclear bombs, fallout and reactor spills that did this on a mass scale.
Now the obvious contradiction is in the title. The Color (Lovecraft spelled it Colour, traditionalist as he was) Out of Space is a black and white movie. Is this a bad mistake? The climax shows otherwise as we see the Color emerge making this a Tricolor film..Black..white and ..Pink?
It looks bizarre but then again it is a Lovecraft adaption.
The twist at the end is a little confusing (the person I watched it with did not get and he is pretty smart guy) but I got it and the weakness of low Budget CGI becomes apparent. But if you want creepy German forests and dread building up its decent.
I did not like this as much as the HPLS movies but it is worthwhile.
Now a brief nod to the first film adaption of this..Die Monster Die (1965)!
This independent British.American Horror film features Boris Karloff so right off the bat it is interesting. Underrated American actor Nick Adams is the hero. I am an Adams fan. A tough, scrappy rebellious American actor who also seemed to invoke sympathy and sadness (in real life he died of a drug overdose). I saw this movie at my grandparents house in Pennsylvania and it scared the living shit out of me. Mainly of course the wife of the Farmer in the story, here the wife of Usher like Aristocrat Karloff who's experiments with the Color lead to horrible mutations, which include the wife who goes insane as she rots away slowly.
The scene in this movie when you see her face under her veil after she tries to attack the hero made me shriek like a girl and run to the safety of my grandfather's kitchen. Obviously this movie was very influenced by Roger Corman's Poe adaptions and so gothic elements are mixed in with the creepy Usher type house and crazy finale as Boris turns into a silver bald glowing mutant thing. Then there are explosions!
This movie has a bad rep but like most older horror films they now seem not only quant but offer a substance not seen today in slicker, more hip movies. It is not trying to be aware of its self, it is telling a fantastic story for no other purpose than to have chills and thrills.
There is another version of this from the 80's I think but I have not seen it, i think it was from Brian Yuzna or one of those guys (who did Re Animator and From Beyond).