The Curse (1987 film)
|Directed by||David Keith|
|Produced by||Ovidio G. Assonitis
Lucio Fulci (also spfx)
|Written by||H. P. Lovecraft
Kathleen Jordon Gregory
|Music by||Franco Micalizzi|
|Cinematography||Roberto Forges Davanzati|
|Edited by||Claudio M. Cutry|
|Distributed by||Trans World Entertainment
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1998- )
|Release date(s)||September 11, 1987|
|Running time||92 minutes|
|Box office||$1,930,001 (USA)|
The Curse (also known as The Farm or The Curse 1) is a 1987 horror film adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space directed by David Keith. Famed Italian director Lucio Fulci was listed as a co-producer in the credits, and is said to have supervised the special gore effects in the film. Years later, three other Euro-horror films were distributed on video by retitling them "The Curse 2", "The Curse 3" and "The Curse 4" (although they were totally unrelated to each other, or to "The Curse 1").
A meteorite lands on the property of Nathan Crane (Claude Akins) and local physician Alan Forbes (Cooper Huckabee) is unable to explain why the rock keeps shrinking. He is dissuaded from contacting the authorities by Charlie Davidson (Steve Carlisle), a realtor who does not want the new arrival to discourage the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from establishing a new reservoir in the area. As the rock shrinks away to nothing, a glowing color seeps out and into the ground. Within a few weeks, the farm's crops bloom but are soon discovered to be inedible. Shortly after, the local animals, as well as Nathan's wife, begin to go mad and a previously unknown element is discovered in the property's well. Soon Nathan and his son Cyrus (Malcolm Danare) are driven insane as well and begin terrorizing those who come to the farm, as well as the other children Zack (Wil Wheaton) and Alice (Amy Wheaton). In the film's conclusion, they are saved by TVA representative Carl Willis (John Schneider) and the house collapses into the ground. Compared to previous adaptations of the Lovecraft story this version has been considered a more faithful interpretation.
- Wil Wheaton as Zack
- Claude Akins as Nathan Crane
- Malcolm Danare as Cyrus Crane
- Cooper Huckabee as Dr. Allen Forbes
- John Schneider as Carl Willis
- Amy Wheaton as Alice
- Steve Carlisle as Charlie Davidson
- Kathleen Jordon Gregory as Frances Crane
- Hope North as Esther Forbes
- Steve Davis as Mike
MGM released the film onto DVD in 2007 as a double feature with its in-name-only sequel, Curse II: The Bite.
Lovecraft scholar Charles P. Mitchell referred to the film as faithful to the author's original work, but claimed that "[t]he last twenty minutes of the film are so disjointed that they virtually ruin the entire film".
In their book Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft, Andrew Migliore and John Strysik write: "This third feature film treatment of [Lovecraft's] favorite story, "The Colour Out of Space," has it all... everything except good dialog, believable acting, and a cohesive plot."
- Mitchell, Charles (2001). The complete H.P. Lovecraft filmography. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-313-31641-8.
- Mitchell, Charles P. (2001). The complete H.P. Lovecraft filmography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 249. ISBN 0-313-31641-4.
- Mitchell, p. 115
- Andrew Migliore & John Strysik, Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft, Night Shade Books, February 1, 2006, ISBN 978-1892389350