Village of the Damned
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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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's nothing more static than a stalled fright vehicle."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A trip to a village of the darned tedious."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"The story is set across a decade and would be easy to pick apart, but such activity would divert attention from the film’s chief asset, its general mood and atmosphere, which improves on multiple viewings."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Not even close to the original."
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (
"May not be an improvement on the original, but it's all Carpenter."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects, some dark humor and crisp portrayals."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An enjoyable, if obviously-flawed, amalgamation of horror and science fiction."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"John Carpenter's return to horror fizzles."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Surprisingly fun horror. Nothing new, but the coma was creepy and the telepathic kids were scary."
‑ Fred Topel,
"It's terrifying to think a studio would make such nonsense. Possible retitling? 'the Death of Luke Skywalker'?"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Carpenter, whose batting average is dipping dangerously low, shows no grasp of character development, plot line or time passage."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"The real shock came when I noticed that a woman filing out of the premiere screening beside me had actually marked her rating card with an "excellent" grade."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Not bad, but Superman deserved a better sendoff before his paralysis."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Carpenter botches another remake,"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"abysmal and an embarrassment for everyone concerned"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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