Village of the Damned
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This thriller is an updated remake of the low-budget early 1960s version. As the peaceful town of Midwich, CA prepares for its annual town picnic, a strange dark force envelopes the town and renders them unconscious for six hours. After they awaken, 10 young women, including a teenage virgin, find themselves pregnant. Later, in a barn converted into a giant makeshift obstetrics ward, they give birth at exactly the same time. The town medic, Dr. Chaffee, supervises and is assisted by Dr. Susan Verner, a government researcher who has come to investigate the phenomenon. One of the 10 identical… 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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