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.