Village of the Damned

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With John Carpenter at the helm and an eclectic onscreen ensemble, this Village of the Damned should be distinguished by more than its improved special effects.

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Ten months after the small California town of Midwich was struck by a mysterious event during which everyone in the village fell unconscious at once, 10 local women give birth on the same day. As the unsettlingly calm and unemotional children grow at an abnormally fast rate, it becomes clear that they can read adults' minds and force people to harm themselves. Local doctor Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve) and federal agent Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) must team up to battle the alien children.

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Critic Reviews for Village of the Damned

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (25)

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

    April 12, 2002 | Full Review…
  • A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects, some dark humor and crisp portrayals.

    February 13, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Carpenter, whose batting average is dipping dangerously low, shows no grasp of character development, plot line or time passage.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • A trip to a village of the darned tedious.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • An enjoyable, if obviously-flawed, amalgamation of horror and science fiction.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Although it's not in the same league as Carpenter's other notable remake (his 1982 version of The Thing remains unparalleled), it's well worth reassessment.

    October 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Village of the Damned

  • Aug 06, 2012
    This was pretty creepy, but I thought a lot more could have been done with it. I enjoyed the twisted mind-control death/torture scenes.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2011
    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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2011
    A small New England Town is invaded by an unseen presence which knocks the inhabitants out cold for a few hours. News of the strange phenomenon quickly spreads and a chain-smoking government scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) is there to investigate. A few hours after the initial black-out everyone regains consciousness but the local doctor (played by Christopher Reeve) quickly realizes that a large number of the female population are pregnant including the local virgin (there's always one lol), and the pregnancy's seem to stem from the day of the black-out. The months pass and the babies are born but as they grow into children there definitely seems to be something wrong with them. They have incredible psychic abilities, advanced intelligence, yet lack emotion. Where did they come from? What did they want? Guess you'll have to watch to find out the answer to that one.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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