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.See all Product Description
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Nine months later - all women give birth, and 9 of these babies survive. But their families (and then the town) soon discover that these are no ordinary little kids - while the white haired, bright eyed kids are quick o develop physically and seem to poses psychic and mind reading abilities, their moral values wish a lot to desire...
While the moral issues arising from this story line do get acknowledged, the writer / director team chose to go for the obvious creeps and thrills from this movie than to go into morality issues too deeply. This is a legitimate persuit, and it is a good movie as a thriller / suspense / horror movie, another production of it (looking into different angles of the story) can remake it and get a completely different result...
The music and cinematography are also supportive.
A GOOD THRILLER.
To say this remake of Village of the Damned is without its flaws is something of a gargantuan understatement, because some of the pieces simply do not mesh well and hurt my movie experience therein. One point this is fairly noticeable in is the choice of casting that Carpenter chose to use, and the roles he had them play. I, for one, couldn't buy K. Alley as a government representative no matter what, with her performance lackluster at best.Read more ›
As most everyone knows, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED is a remake of a 1960 film of the same name directed by Wolf Rilla and, as with many remakes, critics seem predisposed to prefer the original and trash the revision. While the 1960 original is indeed an effective thriller, Carpenter fans would do themselves a disservice to write this 1995 version off entirely. To do so would deprive one's self of 98 genuinely creepy minutes simply drenched in classic Carpenter chills and atmosphere.
From the well-choreographed blackout sequence early on to the nail-biting finale, the entire film maintains the trademark sense of dread and quiet horror that the finest Carpenter films are known for. In addition, a criminally underrated cast absolutely shines here - from Christopher Reeve proving once again that he was so much more than a one-dimensional Superman to Mark "Don't Call Me Luke Skywalker" Hamill, who easily provides the most intense performance in the film, to even Kirstie Alley, who plays it absolutely straight as a government scientist who knows what's really going on. As in all of Carpenter's finest films, he assembles an ensemble cast that clicks from the start and establishes distinct characters with real personality quickly, adding a depth that many films in this genre lack.
The only downfall to the film are the children themselves.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 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
i think this is one of John carpenter's best movies,though i may be in
the minority.the basic premise is that an unknown force passes over the
small village of Midwich,at... Read more
". . . 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
Horror master John Carpenter's 1995 remake of the 1960 film, of the same name, takes the original premise and adds a modern spin. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by T.
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. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Michael R Gates
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