Village of the Damned

Village of the Damned

John Carpenter (1995)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A strange mist descends on a quiet town, causing 10 women to give birth to mysterious children who exhibit sinister mind-controlling abilities. John Carpenter's remake of the 1960 sci-fi horror based on John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos, starring Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill and Linda Kozlowski.

Cast & Crew

Dr Alan Chaffee Christopher Reeve
Dr Susan Verner Kirstie Alley
Rev George Mark Hamill
Jill McGowan Linda Kozlowski
Melanie Roberts Meredith Salenger
Sarah Pippa Pearthree
Ben Blum Peter Jason
Callie Blum Constance Forslund
Director John Carpenter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: video and DVD
Drama