Colour from the Dark – Italy, 2008 – reviews

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‘Sucks the life out’

Colour From the Dark is a 2008 Italian horror feature film directed by Ivan Zuccon and starring Debbie Rochon and Michael Segal. It is based on the short story The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft.

Pietro and Lucia live on an isolated farm with Alice, Lucia’s younger sister. Poor farmers, they live tilling the soil. Pietro is a good worker and a strong man who, unlike his three brothers, is not at war because of a deformed knee. Lucia is a beautiful and reserved woman dedicated to her family. Their life is peaceful and good, in spite of the hard work.

 

One day, while drawing water from the well, Pietro and Alice accidentally free something from the Earth’s womb. A strange and alien color flashes underwater, at the well’s bottom, then disappears. From that moment on, inexplicable events start happening all around the farm, and by night the surrounding vegetation glitters with a sinister glow…

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Reviews:

“The closing lines of the film: ‘It gets inside you. It sucks the life out’ actually reflect what the film itself does with its unrelenting moodiness, doomed hopelessness, and utterly bleak denouement. Something that surely would have brought a wry smile to Lovecraft’s own pessimistic lips…” James Gracey, Behind the Couch

“Overall Colour from the Dark stands as a very well-done, admittedly loose, Lovecraft adaptation. Showcasing a family’s atmospheric downward spiral into insanity, blasphemy, and possession masterfully, it’s a great example of a film made on the relative cheap that creates bigger scares than some movies with ten times the budget.” James Lasome, Best Horror Movies

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