This John Carpenter remake pits doctors Alan and Susan against one another as they race to save the world. After a strange impregnation of the women in a small U.S. town, children are born who all look alike, have accelerated intelligence, strange powers, and a desire to conquer the Earth.
Christopher Reeve (Dr. Alan Chaffee), Kirstie Alley (Dr. Susan Verner), Linda Kozlowski (Jill), Michael Pare (Frank), Meredith Salenger (Melanie), Mark Hamill (Rev. George), Pippa Pearthree (Sarah), Peter Jason (Ben).
Village of the Damned doesn’t spend much time on plot setup or character development, preferring instead to jump right into things with a beginning that captures our attention immediately by letting us know this is going to be a strange journey. The plot quickly develops as the women give birth to unusual children who grow quickly and don’t waste time showing their intentions. From there the film turns into a thriller with the adults in the small town trying to figure out how to deal with their strange children and save the Earth.
Acting was decent from most everyone. Reeve was a bit over the top at times but did pretty well. Alley was surprisingly good while Hamill and Kozlowski felt a bit off tempo. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely.
Camera work was well done with good subject capture. Sets and backgrounds were simple but solid. Costuming was very well done adding a good creepy feel to the film. Effects were amazingly well done considering the age of the film and added a nice sci-fi feel to things. Sound was good as was soundtrack.
Overall Village of the Damned is a very nicely done horror flick and solid work from John Carpenter. Horror, sci-fi, and alien fans will enjoy this one quite a bit.
With some violence, and disturbing sci-fi images, this should be fine for teens and above.
Village of the Damned is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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