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Village of the Damned (1995)

Christopher Reeve , Kirstie Alley , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Paré, Meredith Salenger
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: David Himmelstein, John Wyndham, Larry Sulkis, Ronald Kinnoch, Steven Siebert
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZYJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Village of the Damned" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

nella cittadina di midwich tutte le donne giovani vengono ingravidate da una misteriosa forza extraterrestre e danno alla luce un gruppetto di bambini, biondissimi come hitler sognava gli ariani e dotati di sovrumani poteri mentali, adibiti a malefici scopi di dominio e distruzione.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I Must Think of a Brick Wall" December 10, 2003
If horror maven John Carpenter decides to do a remake of a classic sci-fi horror film, it should be safe for fans to assume that it's gonna be great. After all, this is the groundbreaking filmmaker who turned Michael Myers into a slasher-film icon in HALLOWEEN (1978) and directed the highly revered THE THING (1982), itself a remake of the classic 1951 film THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. So when Mr. Carpenter's 1995 remake of the classic 1960 thriller VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED came out, it should've been a fantastic cinematic experience for horror and science-fiction fans. It should've been. Sadly, it wasn't.
For those of you unfamiliar with the basic plot of both films, here's a quick summary. In the middle of a seemingly average day, all of the residents of a small village mysteriously fall unconscious, and anyone attempting to go into the slumbering village also passes out. When the folks finally awaken, most everything seems to be perfectly normal. Normal, that is, with the exception that all of the women of the village capable of bearing children are pregnant. The mystery children are all birthed nine months later, and as they grow, it is very apparent that all of them have eerily similar physical characteristics. Also, they mature and learn much faster than the average child, which is creepy enough. But the real terror begins when they start exercising their preternatural psychic powers.
In the original 1960 film, it was always tacitly implied that the strange children were fathered by extraterrestrials, but nothing occurs in the film to blatantly prove such. This actually adds to the mystery of the origin of the children, which in turn heightens the suspense and terror...and the fun for the audience.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie!! September 15, 1999
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This movie is one of the creepiest I've ever seen !! It seems so real! I love Mark Hamill as Reverend George. It was a top-notch performance! Beware the children!! It makes me want to reconsider having my own kids. Don't listen to the ones that totally bash this movie,it's awesome! However, if you get scared easily, have a weak stomach,or a weak heart for that matter, I wouldn't recommend that you watch this movie. For those of you that like to have the sh** scared out of you, this movie is the one for you!!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter's worst December 8, 2005
I tried very hard to enjoy this film, being a fan of John Carpenter, of the original English version of the film, and of the original book by John Wyndham. Unfortunately it is a very poor effort and for me ranks as John Carpenter's worst film.

Carpenter is the horror/sf/fantasy B-movie great of current times, comparable in many ways with Roger Corman and Val Lewton from the mid 20th century. He has a deft touch and usually manages to turn in a quirkily personal vision which is always worth watching, even if he occasionally loses complete control of his films. Like Corman, he sometimes seems to lack the patience required in order to be a really great director.

In his "The Thing" he brought the much loved Howard Hawks thriller from the early 50s up to date, and to his credit he made a film which was both original and also more faithful to the book than the earlier effort, but he completely missed the target with "The Village of the Damned".

The atmosphere of the original book is all about tension, claustrophobia, and the terror that the people next door in a peaceful village setting are not what they seem. It depends on malevolence and an understated, brooding approach in order to work. Carpenter failed completely to capture this on film, and consequently his "cuckoos" are merely nasty and spiteful.

They do not have the required air of unstoppable power, authority and - most importantly - intelligence. The frightening thing about the children in both the book and the earlier film was that they were always two or three steps ahead of the adults, toying with them as a human child might unemotionally torment a small animal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What Are They Gonna Do To Us? March 17, 2005
Village Of The Damned is probably my least favorite Carpenter film, though I don't hate it. First, it's a remake, and I'm pretty outspoken when it comes to remakes. Granted, Carpenter made The Thing, but that film didn't seem so much of a remake of the 50s film as it did a more true to form version of the original story. This is basically just an updated reworking of the original film . If you haven't seen the original Village Of The Damned, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Second, Village seemed a little rushed, coming out only a few months after Carpenter's superior In The Mouth Of Madness. For those unaware, here's the lowdown: One day in the small town of Midwich, every man, woman and child falls unconscious for six hours, resulting in a few deaths(one poor sap passes out on the barbecue grill) and a buttload of confusion. Shortly after, the women all find out they're pregnant, and they all give birth at the same time. The kids are intelligent, white-haired killing machines determined to kick everyone's butt. The sudden jump from toddlers to ten year olds isn't really explained. Do they grow at a terribly fast rate or did ten years pass? I guess it's really not important, but I couldn't help wondering. Actually the first 40 minutes of this movie are quite good and quite promising. Unfortunately after that, it just doesn't know what it wants to do. It's not particulalry scary, suspenseful or all that interesting. You can only see those glowing eyes so many times before it loses it's punch, and this effect is way overused. The latter half of the movie consists mainly of the kids wandering around and occasionally killing someone while the adults eventually get fed up and take action-action in the form of a Frankenstein-style mob complete with torches. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Chris Reeves in a complete different role than ...
Good ol' Chris Reeves in a complete different role than we normally remember him in. Along with Kirstie, Linda, Mark Hamill and the others it's a great cast doing this remake. Read more
Published 10 days ago by David L. Hoskins
4.0 out of 5 stars That's why I like it. I like this one more than the ...
Filmed in western Marin County CA, mostly around Inverness and Point Reyes Station. That's why I like it. I like this one more than the Fog.
Published 11 days ago by Daktoid Luhr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Great film. Wish I had the same powers. Lol.
Published 1 month ago by Jesse Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the old movie
I think John Carpenter took an old story that became an old movie (which was kind of cheesy) and made it into something new: and it even had a pretty good moral to it: it's not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sheri Cramer
4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter Classic
Great cast...great remake! Still holds up 20 years later.

SD video is decent. Wish this would get released on blu-ray!
Published 4 months ago by J. Sloboda
4.0 out of 5 stars favorite oldy
It is one of those movies that you may have watched years ago and every once in awhile you get the movie into your head and just have to watch it. This is one of mine. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Regina Sweckard
2.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter of the Damned
I've loved most of John Carpenter's strange, quirky film output. And his bizarre casting choices have tended to enhance most of his films, rather than hurt them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Handsome Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this one
Classic. For ages to come. I watched this when I was younger. I havent seen the original version for comparison. But this is very entertaining.
Published 7 months ago by H. Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars "Wouldn't it be a noisy world if we all said what we thought? "
I enjoyed it, low on action, but high on story-driven thrills. Whenever I think of it, my mind usually wanders to a Stephen King made-for-tv movie kind of place, but then I see... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Moyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Light Sci-fi
The movie's okay. I loved the original when I saw it years ago. This version doesn't really expand on the old one it merely adds a few more scenes and reverses the leadership roles... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bookby
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