Village of the Damned (1995)
Release Year: 1995
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: David Himmelstein (screenplay), Steven Siebert (uncredited), Larry Sulkis (uncredited), John Wyndham (based on his 1957 novel The Midwich Cuckoos), Based on the 1960 screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Wolf Rilla, George Barclay
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Paré, Meredith Salenger, Pippa Pearthree, Peter Jason, Constance Forslund, Thomas Dekker
Nine months after a blackout a group of women in the small town of Midwich give birth to alien children with incredible mental powers.
The 1995 version of Village of the Damned was a strong horror director in John Carpenter, a good cast, and an American setting, but why it was necessary to remake Wolf Rilla’s British classic Village of the Damned (1960) remains a mystery. Carpenter (The Fog, 1980) is good at his craft, and the film works well as a thriller, but it never really takes off in the same way as his ealier films did. It also lacks a really effective score. The cast is an assortment of top B-list actors of the period, headed by Reeve (The Remains of the Day, 1993) as the likable town doctor who first investigates the growing weirdness surrounding the children as the grow up. The suspension builds well and the climax is satisfying, but you will only find the film frightening if you get scared by creepy children.
This was the final film completed by Christopher Reeve before a horse riding accident left him paralyzed.
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