Village of the Damned (1995)

By Brett Mullins

Released: 1995

Directed by John Carpenter

What’s more scary than an entire town simultaneously blacking out and waking to find ten of their women pregnant? Director John Carpenter challenges the audience with this question and does a fine job providing a solution in the form of 1990s remake of Village of the Damned.

Contrary to the less than stellar acting, this film features a rather star studded cast: Christopher Reeve (Superman), Kristie Alley and Mark Hamill (Star Wars). These individuals lead the cast in moments of blunders and seeming mistakes which leaves the film feeling a bit on the silly side. Consider this combined with several short choppy scenes which may or may not have been montages. It's easy to see how this can leave the audience a bit in the dark.

To add to this, the title does not fit well with the film at all. Considering the events of the film, this title was likely put in place either to throw the audience off the trail of the story’s happenings or to frighten the audience with through the use of spooky supernatural language.

This film remains a fun film to watch, especially for Halloween (1978) fans, to see another side to John Carpenter’s work. This is also a chance to see the western take on the creepy children sub-genre prior to the J-Horror invasion in the early 2000s.

Rating: 5/10

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