Village of the Damned (1995)
Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 22
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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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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.
Apr 28, 1995 Wide
Dec 15, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video
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A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects, some dark humor and crisp portrayals.
Carpenter, whose batting average is dipping dangerously low, shows no grasp of character development, plot line or time passage.
An enjoyable, if obviously-flawed, amalgamation of horror and science fiction.
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.
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.
John Carpenter's return to horror fizzles.
Not bad, but Superman deserved a better sendoff before his paralysis.
Not even close to the original.
Surprisingly fun horror. Nothing new, but the coma was creepy and the telepathic kids were scary.
Carpenter botches another remake,
May not be an improvement on the original, but it's all Carpenter.
It's terrifying to think a studio would make such nonsense. Possible retitling? 'the Death of Luke Skywalker'?
abysmal and an embarrassment for everyone concerned
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.
Needless and undeveloped subplots dissipate the clean suspense of the original, and the exponential increase in violence and gore cannot conceal this.
Carpenter's updating of the classic 1960 chiller is mediocre at best, and at times plummets into unintentional humor.
Carpenter can't cloak the hilarity of this hoary horror tale.
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