Village of the Damned / John Carpenter

  • Country and year: USA 1995
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 99 min
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Writer: David Himmelstein [Based on book by John Wyndham]
  • Producer(s): Sandy King, Michael Preger
  • Cinematographer: Gary B. Kibbe
  • Music: John Carpenter, Dave Davies
  • Cast: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill, Michael Paré
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP

”There is some first-rate gratuitous nastiness here”
– Gary Kamiya / SFGate

”Fantastic score, some sincerely creepy moments and you get to see Mark Hamil baptize some kids”
– Chris Coffel / Bloody Disgusting

”Finishes strong with a crazy and exceptionally directed finale, filled with all kinds of fun shoot-outs and destruction”
– J. Tonzelli / Cut Print Film

 

”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. Visiting scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Kristie Alley) is monitoring the situation for the government. She supervises a mass birthing in a barn. The children turn out to be white-haired, glassy-eyed, and telepathic. Their plan is to use their supernatural powers to kill the villagers and help the aliens take over, and only Chaffee and Verner can stop them.” – Production notes

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