Village Of The Damned: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
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A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans.
The original 1960 version of Village of the Damned is regarded as a classic of science-fiction and horror, and it remains one of the creepiest movies of its kind. Directed with occasional flair by John Carpenter, this 1995 remake trades subtlety for more explicit chills and violence, but the basic premise remains effectively eerie. In the tiny, idyllic town of Midwich, a strange mist causes the entire population to fall asleep, and when everyone awakes the town physician (Christopher Reeve) discovers that 10 women--including his wife and a local teenaged virgin--have mysteriously become pregnant. Their children are all born on the same day, with matching white hair and strange, glowing eyes, growing at an accelerated rate and raising Reeve's suspicion that they're not of Earthly origin. These demonic brats can control minds and wreak havoc with the power of their thoughts--so of course, they must be destroyed! Only Reeve knows how to get the job done, and his performance (the actor's last big-screen role before his paralyzing accident in 1995) grounds this otherwise superfluous remake with enough credibility to hold the viewer's attention. But for the real chills, definitely check out the original version--it's 20 minutes shorter but twice as spooky. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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the minority.the basic premise is that an unknown force passes over the
small village of Midwich,at which point every living thing goes
unconscious,awakening many hours later with no memory of the event.it
is soon discovered that nearly all of the women are pregnant dating
from the time of the blackout.once the children are born,it is
discovered that they are almost identical to one another.it is also
soon revealed that these children are not what they appear to be.the
movie is basically an update on the 1960's version of the film of the
same name.it has been changed somewhat for contemporary audiences,but
the core of the story remains the same.there are some first rate acting
performances here.Christopher Reeve proves he can act in a non Superman
role(not that he couldn't before)as Dr.Allen Chaffee,and Kirstie Alley
also shows some acting chops as Dr.Susan Verner.Also in the cast are
Michael Pare and mark Hamill,also with fine performances.but i believe
the real credit must go to young Lindsey Haun(11 at the time)who steals
every scene she is in as Mara,the leader of the children.This girl sent
shivers done my spine with simply a look.she is quite
terrifying.brilliant performance in a brilliant movie.special note must
also be made to the score of this movie,co written by Carpenter.very
haunting and eerie music,a perfect fit for this movie.i give Village of
the Damned (1995 version) a 4.5/5
In the California coastal town of Midwich, a strange unseen force causes the entire town to be rendered unconscience. When the populace reawakens, it is discovered the pregnancy rate has increased. The locals are at a loss to explain the cause. Soon, ten strange children are born, at the same time. All of them possessing platinum blone hair, piercing green eyes and supernatural powers. The intelligent, quiet children are instantly disliked by the townspeople. When residents begin to die under strange curcumstances, the first suspects are the "special" children. It's up to Dr. Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve, before his tragic horse riding accident) and Dr. Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) to discover the truth and stop the children from destroying the town.
Carpenter infuses the film with plenty of his usual touches. The performances from Reeve and Alley are solid and the effects pretty good. The "kids" are genuinely creepy, all of this makes the film better than I remember. The movie script does have a number of problems that are troublesome and its finale seems a bit contrived.
The extras on the DVD are pretty slim at best. Production notes and the theatrical trailer are all you get. While more substantial bonus material, would have been nice, given the final product--I can almost see why things ended up the way they did. Recomended as a rental or for rabid fans of Carpenter's work
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.Read more ›
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A great movie for its time. I got it to see Mark Hamill but was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the movie. Very goodPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
". . . Seeist thou as man sees?"
These questions are asked in the Book of Proverbs and in John Carpenter's Village of the Damned, a remake of director Wolf Rilla's... Read more
Midwich was a nice, friendly place to live - until one day, the whole town mysteriously falls asleep for a few hours. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Adi Adler
This remake of the classic 1960 chiller is one of John Carpenter's more underrated films and never fails to disappoint for overall creepiness. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by N. Durham
the person who wrote is saying it wasn't Anamorphic is wrong i just previewed my copy and it looks greatPublished on Dec 2 2003
I saw the original "Village of the Damned" when it was released back in 1960. Being a child myself, I was horrified at those evil little kids with the white hair and the... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Michael Butts