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Village of the Damned (1995)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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This film is a remake of the classic 1960 science-fiction thriller, Village of the Damned, which was based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Veteran horror director John Carpenter is at the helm this time, with Christopher Reeve replacing George Sanders in the starring role. Aliens put the entire village of Midwich to sleep for 24 hours and impregnate many women. Reeve plays Alan Chaffee, the town doctor, whose wife Barbara (Karen Kahn) is one of the women carrying an alien baby.

Dec 15, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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There's nothing more static than a stalled fright vehicle.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects, some dark humor and crisp portrayals.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Carpenter, whose batting average is dipping dangerously low, shows no grasp of character development, plot line or time passage.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A trip to a village of the darned tedious.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An enjoyable, if obviously-flawed, amalgamation of horror and science fiction.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The real shock came when I noticed that a woman filing out of the premiere screening beside me had actually marked her rating card with an "excellent" grade.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The story is set across a decade and would be easy to pick apart, but such activity would divert attention from the film’s chief asset, its general mood and atmosphere, which improves on multiple viewings.

June 15, 2007

John Carpenter's return to horror fizzles.

May 19, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Not bad, but Superman deserved a better sendoff before his paralysis.

November 28, 2003
New Times

Not even close to the original.

November 5, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Surprisingly fun horror. Nothing new, but the coma was creepy and the telepathic kids were scary.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Carpenter botches another remake,

January 22, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

May not be an improvement on the original, but it's all Carpenter.

October 9, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

It's terrifying to think a studio would make such nonsense. Possible retitling? 'the Death of Luke Skywalker'?

September 20, 2002
Moviehole

abysmal and an embarrassment for everyone concerned

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

It is a film with tone to spare, but like many of John Carpenter's works, it could stand to trade some tone for a little substance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Needless and undeveloped subplots dissipate the clean suspense of the original, and the exponential increase in violence and gore cannot conceal this.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Horribly, horribly bad. Avoid.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Carpenter's updating of the classic 1960 chiller is mediocre at best, and at times plummets into unintentional humor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This film is devoid of any real tension or thrills.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Carpenter can't cloak the hilarity of this hoary horror tale.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Village of the Damned

The remake of the classic film is mediocre to say the least. The 1960 Wolf Rilla horror classic has been remade by John Carpenter. Given the fact that Carpenter helmed this remake, you'd think the film would be a decent remake. Well, it almost is. Unfortunately with most remakes, this film shows exactly what's wrong with remaking classic films. Even if it's directed by horror maestro John Carpenter, Village of the Damned is an exercise in mediocrity. John Carpenter has always made great films, until know. With this remake, you can slowly see a great director losing his touch. I personally feel that John Carpenter should have focused more on writing his own horror film, instead of remaking a classic that didn't need to be remade. His efforts succeeded with 1982's The Thing; however this was not to be with this film. This remake is a valiant try, but the result is mediocre. This remake will surely disappoint the most die-hard John Carpenter fan. This remake is pretty bland, and quite unnecessary. Whatever made the classic film great is gone, replaced by a poor script and mediocre acting; this remake really doesn't cut it. The fact that John Carpenter directed this would make any horror fan think that the film is good. Well, it's watchable somewhat, but very much forgettable. The film lacks anything truly scary and it signals the beginning of the downward spiral for the great John Carpenter. I guess even the horror greats tend to lose their inspiration, this remake is proof of that. This could have been a better film, but falls short on many levels. Watch if you're a Carpenter nut, however keep in mind this is a mediocre film.
April 30, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Mara Chaffee: Life is cruelty. We all feed on each other, exploit each other in some way to survive. 

"Beware the Children"

Village of the Damned is an interesting, if not totally satisfying, film. Carpenter remakes a 1960 film of the same name that I am not familiar with. I do have to say that for the most part I likes this movie. It has a strong first act that really got me into the movie. The movie tapers off a little as it goes, but I always remained interested, even with a lot of the ridiculousness that does ensue. 

The whole population of a small town blackout at precisely the same time, for the exact length of time. When everyone was woken up and things go back to normal, they start to notice that a lot of the women are pregnant. The women are talked into having their babies by a doctor who wants to do research on them. The kids are born and it doesn't take long for their parents and the rest of the townspeople to realize that these little white haired fuckers aren't like the average human.

The movie has some problems; a big one in Kirstie Alley, but only one really effected how much I liked the movie. That would be the pacing. The movie felt so rushed. Years would go by in seconds. The story didn't seem to really take hold of me as strong as I was expecting because the movie was in its final act before I really even noticed. 

I thought the movie was extremely cool, mostly because of Carpenter's score and his solid directing. I thought there were some weird decisions, but that didn't completely take away from my enjoyment of the film. It isn't among Carpenter's best work, but it is still a solid little horror-thriller.
October 11, 2011
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Melvin White

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A pretty good remake, it's got a good cast anyway. The story is as weird as in the first, but sort of brought up to date of course. Still, a remake was not needed, and this movie isn't all that great.
June 6, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Hmm...I'm not gonna say it was good...but it wasn't really bad. But face it....you can't beat The Bloodening. One of the kids was a good actor...
November 2, 2010
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Martin Sahlin

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