Just got done watching Die Farbe, the German adaptation of The Colour Out of Space that the Historical Society's distributing. Very nice, very faithful adaptation. They do move the story to Germany, and replace the surveyor who narrates the story with an American (from Arkham, no less!) who's in the area searching for his missing father. But the story of the Gardner (or, here, Gartener) family's decline and death due to the Colour is spot-on. The madness that grips the mother is especially well-done, as is the fit that comes over the middle son when he thinks he can hear the thing moving all around them. And Ammi's discovery of the Gardner's final fate is creepy as all hell, too.
The budget's obviously not huge, but they make use of some limited CGI that looks pretty good in small doses, mostly for a couple of freakish insects and for the Colour itself. Speaking of which...
Nothing that follows is terribly SPOILERY, but still. If you don't want a couple of the film's better surprises SPOILED for you, stop reading now.
The film's in black and white, which seemed like kind of an odd choice for this particular story at first. But as I thought about it, I began to suspect that they were going to do exactly what they did: the Colour is the only thing in the film that's actually in color. The contrast works well for them, accentuating the lifelessness of the Blasted Heath in relation to his alien thing that's descended upon it. They went with a virulent sort of violet for the Colour, and it looks, as best I can describe it, like a gelatinous cloud made up of smaller globules of violet light. That's not how I've always pictured it, but it's probably closer to how Lovecraft actually describes it. For a monster that's probably best-left to the imagination, at any rate, they do a nice job with it.
I would have liked to have seen them do more with the glow that's supposed to permeate everything on the Gardner farm by the end, but that's a quibble. There's a touch of it that's handled to good effect as Ammi flees the house, so maybe less is more in this case.
And, finally and most SPOILERY... They add on a dream sequence late in the film that seems to imply that Ammi may have actually fallen under the Colour's influence at some point, and had a hand in feeding the Gardners to the thing! In particular, it looks like he's responsible for throwing Marwin down the well! Now, whether that's really supposed to have happened, or if it's just a nightmare brought on by post-traumatic suvivor's guilt, is open to debate. I like the ambiguity, but I also think I prefer to believe that it's true. Because that adds a layer of sick irony to Lovecraft's oddly flat ending, showing concern for kindly old Ammi as the reservoir's built.
Which reminds me... Make sure you watch the credits to get the cherry on top of the Die Farbe cake.