Village of the Damned

  • 15
  • John Carpenter (1995)
  • US
  • 93 min
Village of the Damned
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction horror, an updated version of the classic British chiller, starring Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley. The unsettling discovery that all the women in a sleepy California village have become simultaneously pregnant is compounded by the disturbing abilities of the children they give birth to. In just a few years the youngsters are influencing the adults around them to horrific effect.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
John Carpenter

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
May be edited for violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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