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Village of the Damned (1995)
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by K-Dog

"If you like Carpenter's work you will like this.."
3 stars

Now here's something you dont see everyday.. John Carpenter making a thriller that is underplayed!

This film based on the book 'The Midwitch Cuckoo' (Well actually it's more of a remake of the 50's film of the same name, but I like to drop names!)

The plot is about an unknown force fucking a town's population of women, getting them preggers, and resulting in lots of Nazi-looking kids trying to kill everyone.

The execution of the plot is not done well, so the evolution of the story is an a-b thing, much like the 50's film. But the book was a much more involved story.

Apart from that the film is a joy. The FX are subtle (shadows, lights etc). The music is haunting (A usual and easily recognisable Carpenter piece). The direction is mostly basic but with cool flourishes (Like They Live) and the script is fine as long as you dont demand.

But one thing I must applaud, Christopher Reeve pulling off a GREAT performance... amongst people like Kirstie Alley, he pulls himself from the surrounding bad acting and does more than a decent job.

So to sum up... If you like Carpenters work you will like this, If you want to see a creepy film that is not gory and excessive you will like this. If though you want a intellectual supernatural thriller movie get out The Changeling or The Exorcist 1 & 3

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User Comments

9/12/17 morris campbell ok 2 stars
2/17/10 mr.mike Fair at best , and Reeve appears gaunt in it. 3 stars
10/31/08 Shaun Wallner Scary Film! 3 stars
2/27/07 Regina George didn't really survive the school bus accident Clearly shows how Kirstie should stick with likes of SIBLING RIVALRY & DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. 2 stars
11/22/06 Bangin' Ur Mom lol? This movie was ''ok'' original was better, nice plot though 4 stars
6/27/06 Criddic2 I agree that Reeve is solid here; an OK thriller 3 stars
6/23/06 TempLoop Very well crafted, good looking plus Superman and Luke Skywalker battling "forces" of evil 4 stars
11/13/05 cypress creepy kids that make you want to slap them, worth a look if your a horror buff 3 stars
8/01/05 JamesMeyers the children reading minds that mess up 3 stars
6/19/05 Barry The kids claim to be siblings sharing the same father, but born to different mothers. 3 stars
6/19/05 Maribel Good movie, but with a crappy ending. Carpenter should've done better with it. 3 stars
4/11/04 American Slasher Goddess Like a lot of Carpenter's latter films,it's average. 3 stars
12/13/03 HANNAH FANTASTIC FILM 5 stars
6/19/02 Charles Tatum John, what happened?? 1 stars
11/23/01 Andrew Carden Awesome Speical Effects and Plot, but The Original Was Much Better. 4 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Far from Johnny's finest...but OK. 3 stars
1/24/01 dave Underhill saw this one for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it!! classic carpenter 5 stars
12/17/99 Paul Didn't make you jump much but a good film none-the-less 4 stars
11/16/98 Jules Had potential, lost it somewhere in the second half. 3 stars
9/01/98 MikeF This movie was good a bit freaky too. The book was better. 4 stars
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