Die Farbe Reviews
Edgar Allen Poe defined the short story as being a composition in which all elements aimed at a single target in his essay and anthem of purpose. H.P. Lovecraft, in his The Supernatural Horror in Literature" sounded a clarion call by writing "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." . THAT is the singular single target of HPL's short tales, and to the consternation of Weird Tale's editor, his long novellas too... all works whose medium were their message... that mood of Horror that a human being feels when the darkness dawns in their imagination and their awful depths quicken to become as some psychic telescope lens focussed on the dark between the stars and the heart is gripped in the fist of Azathoth for they move from suspicion to naked recognition that the Cosmos is infinite, empty of all values, and impersonal to the point that the New Gods are the monsters we imaging when faced with our own insignificance and how easily even worlds are destroyed and instantly forgotten in the icy Cocytus of Time. This is the tiny wriggling larva of alien origin that is the grain of sand that stimulates the Black Pearl of Lovecraft's creations. And This version of the Color Out of Space gets THAT right. The essential salt that contains the soul of horror. Starts a little awkward like The Night of the Living Dead but like The Night of the Living Dead ends in a Horror based of an existential taste of abandon that walks us across a bridge going into an empty city past a car crash, to follow a girl walking in a circle like a man lost in a snow storm. We in a conveyor belt consumer society that are trained to anticipate a conveyor belt hamburger delivery of shocks by sex and violence to the system will have difficulty even seeing what a film of place is trying to do. But those movies of Action are like a wave that roll over you. A horror film steeps into you. .. then it wells up under your feet as you walk - as if the grass was becoming soaked by the outraged blood of the murdered buried there. A horror movie doesn't die, slain by the hero at the end. A horror film follows you home.
When faced with presenting an "indescribable color", black and white presents some opportunities instead of handicaps. This movie makes use of a doom that slowly envelopes a family following a weird color found on their farmlands after a meteor strike. The oppression and helplessness are well conveyed.
Great special effects and keen photography. Worth seeing, especially if you are a fan of the original story.