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Village Of The Damned [DVD]

Christopher Reeve , Kirstie Alley , Thomas Dekker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Paré, Meredith Salenger
  • Directors: Thomas Dekker
  • Producers: Dave Davies, Sandy King
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Danish, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001M3BU3U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,890 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 teenage virgin--have mysteriously become pregnant. Their children are all born on the same day, with matching white hair and strange, glowing eyes, grow at an accelerated rate and thus raise Reeve's suspicion that they are 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 paralysing 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

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Horror meister John Carpenter directs this remake of the 1960 sci-fi classic. When an unseen force invades the village of Midwich, ten women are found to be mysteriously pregnant. All the babies, who are born simultaneously, have white hair, glowing eyes, strange psychic powers, and an unsettling desire to dominate anyone who crosses their path. Local doctor Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve) and government scientist Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) set out to investigate.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Village of the Darned 11 Dec 2006
Although the most prolific of the 70s directors who worked their way up from superior exploitation to the mainstream, John Carpenter's flame may have burned the brightest but it also burned the most briefly before he descended into lifeless hackwork. Even the more promising projects floundered when confronted with his increasingly pedestrian handling. His 1995 remake of Village of the Damned is a classic example. Ill-advisedly relocated to a California coastal town inhabited by Superman, Luke Skywalker and Crocodile Dundee's girlfriend, the special effects are more prominent and the body count is multiplied more than ten times as villagers burn themselves to death, impale themselves, doctors blind or perform autopsies on themselves, all staged with remarkable flatness and a complete lack of atmosphere or foreboding. A few good ideas are thrown in, but aside from one schoolroom sequence and the foolproof "brick wall" ending, it's desperately dull and under characterised stuff that feels like it was made by a wage slave reluctantly punching a time clock every day. More like Village of the Darned, the most mysterious thing about it is just how Michael Pare managed to get such prominent billing when he doesn't even make it past the title sequence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging direction and visuals but dull plot 5 Dec 2012
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Some people will drop stars in their reviews because of comparing it to the original which they love. Well, I'm adding a star because I love John Carpenter. In all honesty this is a three star movie but if like me your a John Carpenter fan you should add a star. This is because all the best things about this movie are things that Carpenter directly influenced or added to the original. So what's the main problem that stops this being a five star movie? Well there is very little to the story, so much so that the brief synopsis on the back of the DVD felt like a spoiler. The original was often interpreted as exploring the threat of communism, whereas this one has been described by Christopher Reeve as being about our de-sensitivity to violence and how this has caused the human race to develop a lack of empathy. Sounds good written down but it's not as prevalent as it should be in the film. Perhaps its due to a lack of scenes with the interesting character of the Priest played by Mark Hamil (Superman and Luke Skywalker in the same movie was an appeal but they don't really share any scenes and Hamil and his character are really underused). Or that there are no real red herrings, plot twists, or suspicious characters. So there isn't much going on with the story and that's a shame as it's the backbone of all films. However, on the plus side the film is excellent in almost all other aspects. Performances are brilliant and I believed Reeve and Hamil who are iconic for larger than life characters were these little small town people scared and unprepared for this event. Of special note is the leader of the children a little girl who gives a great performance reminiscent of Kirsten Dunst in 'Interview With The Vampire' someone wise, manipulative and strong but trapped in a child's body. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CHILLING ADAPTATION OF A CLASSIC 7 Mar 2014
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Having read John Wyndham's book and watched the 60's version, I was interested to see John Carpenter's take on it. Being a massive fan of J.C., I can honestly say that I was extremely pleased with what he'd done. The most disturbing aspect of this version was when the women were all giving birth at the same time (this piece clearly signifying an otherworldly presence) and I thought the children themselves were sinister; the gorgeous CGI of their eyes (when they employ their alien powers) extremely effective and there was much theorised as to their origins with the pleasant Kirstie Alley. It is, however, clear that they are an extra-terrestrial hybrid and though John Wyndham gave a vague mention of a UFO in the novel and of which had been picked up by radar, J.C.'s film does more to emphasise the 'alien' conclusion. It is just a pity that both versions did not have a shot of the saucer, or something of that nature, in the beginning and when the town slept. This, I feel, would have added a little more impact to the films. We don't need to see the children's Masters; but a scene of a ship would have been interesting, all the same. I absolutely loved the ending too and the soundtrack was fantastic! Though I adored Ronald Kinnoch's brilliant portrayal (no one can dispute this masterpiece) I was delighted with John Carpenter's version and think that he is, in himself, a brilliant and extremely gifted film producer. It's 5 stars from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies 18 Dec 2013
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Watched this movis many years ago and thought it would be nice for my kids. They truly love it and watching it over and over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars villlage of the damned 6 Dec 2013
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This is a film I could watch over and over there is always something you missed the first time around
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4.0 out of 5 stars You must FEEL something! 24 July 2012
Alright, there are flaws in this Carpenter movie, as there are in many of his films, especially in the dialogues, which sometimes bear a childish quality, pointing , maybe, to his love for the classic american cinema(which, in my opinion, is overrated and lacks depth, comparing with the work of directors of the age of Carpenter).But I'm willing to overlook them when I have the chance to experience the feelings that a movie like The village of the damned provokes. I consider this movie a masterpiece, far more satisfying than the original, which may be a winner regarding atmosphere, but atmosphere isn't everything my friends, and this elegy of the dying world of yesterday , with fear and concern(and love) regarding what comes next, scores as one of the strongest statements in Carpenter's filmografy, and reminds me of the reasons he is my favorite director of all time.Reeves in his last role before the accident is simply superb, and this is how I will always remember him, saying to us all that to be human all we have to do is FEEL!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting thriller!!!
I liked this film the first time i saw it. Now i just wanted to review it, so that's why i bought it.
Published 13 months ago by J. Guimaraes
1.0 out of 5 stars Ha!
John Carpenter is one of my fave directors, I own most of his films.

That said, this has to be 1 of the worst films I have ever seen in my life! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rod Feelnair
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good remake.
This is a surprisingly good remake of the British 60's thriller of the same name. John Carpenter ups the horror element of the film to good effect and for a 15 year old film the... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2010 by Ernie
3.0 out of 5 stars good but shouldn,t have been a 12
this film was good with o.k. actors and effects but shouldn,t be a 12 more of a pg
film if you ask me.
Published on 3 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Very goodA very good remake, definitely worth watching for any horror...
A very good film, definitely worth watching for any horror fans. Christopher Reeve is fantastic in the leading role. A solid 3 stars
Published on 18 July 2009 by Gareth Page
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotion is irrelevant, it is not our nature
Emotion is irrelevant, it is not our nature

I think a lot of the reviews are a bit harsh on this version the the famous John Wyndham story. It is a great story. Read more
Published on 31 May 2009 by Peter Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars I only have eyes for you dear
This movie, which holds it own, is a remake of the 1960 film classic, which in turn was based on the book "The Midwich Cuckoos". Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2003 by bernie
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