Village of the Damned (1995)

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This thriller is an updated remake of the low-budget early 1960s version. As the peaceful town of Midwich, CA prepares for its annual town picnic, a strange dark force envelopes the town and renders them unconscious for six hours. After they awaken, 10 young women, including a teenage virgin, find themselves pregnant. Later, in a barn converted into a giant makeshift obstetrics ward, they give birth at exactly the same time. The town medic, Dr. Chaffee, supervises and is assisted by Dr. Susan … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: John Wyndham, Stirling Silliphant, David Himmelstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 15, 1998
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast


as Alan Chaffee

as Dr. Susan Verner

as Jill McGowan

as Frank McGowan

as Melanie Roberts

as Rev. George

as Mrs. Sarah Miller

as Ben Blum

as Callie Blum

as Barbara Chaffee

as Robert

as Eye Doctor

as Mara (age 1)

as David (age 9 months)

as Mara/David (age 4 mo...

as The Sheriff

as Man at Phone Booth

as Older Deputy

as Younger Deputy

as Dr. Bush

as Technician

as Trooper No. 1

as Trooper No. 2

as Scientist

as Station Attendant Ha...

as Eileen Moore

as Doctor at Clinic

as Labor Room Physician

as Nurse No. 5

as Nurse No. 1

as Oliver

as Young Husband

as Young Wife

as Woman at Town Hall

as Man at Town Hall

as Villager

as Man at Gas Station P...
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Critic Reviews for Village of the Damned

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects, some dark humor and crisp portrayals.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A trip to a village of the darned tedious.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Carpenter, whose batting average is dipping dangerously low, shows no grasp of character development, plot line or time passage.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

An enjoyable, if obviously-flawed, amalgamation of horror and science fiction.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

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.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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