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Village of the Damned

Village of the Damned

John Carpenter (1995)

93min
15 Certificate
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Those blond alien youngsters return to wreak havoc in a small town in cult director John Carpenter's pointless update of the 1960 British sci-fi near-classic based on John Wyndham's famous novel The Midwich Cuckoos. Despite the setting being transferred to California, superior special effects heightening the nastiness (Kirstie Alley's hard-to-watch self-autopsy) and Christopher Reeve giving a nicely heroic performance (the film was released in the States just prior to his tragic riding accident), the end result forgoes the touches and stylish atmosphere you might expect from Carpenter. This has a bland TV movie-style sheen, relieved only by hints of comedy. Stick with the original.

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Cast & Crew

Alan Chaffee Christopher Reeve
Dr Susan Verner Kirstie Alley
Jill McGowan Linda Kozlowski
Frank McGowan Michael Paré
Melanie Roberts Meredith Salenger
Reverend George Mark Hamill
Mrs Sarah Miller Pippa Pearthree
Ben Blum Peter Jason
Callie Blum Constance Forslund
Barbara Chaffee Karen Kahn
David Thomas Dekker
Mara Lindsey Haun
Director John Carpenter
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Language: English Colour Guidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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