CARPENTER'S VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED
STARRING: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda
Kozlowski, Michael Paré, Mark Hamill, Meredith Salenger,
Constance Forslund, Buck Flower, Thomas Dekker, Lindsey Haun
1995, 98 Minutes, Directed by: John Carpenter
After an unseen force invades a quiet coastal town ten women mysteriously find
themselves pregnant. Local physician dr. Alan Chaffee and government scientist
dr. Susan Verner join forces when the women simultaneously give birth and the
reign of horror begins.
Something obviously got lost in this remake of the 1960 sci-fi
classic, Village of the Damned . . .
What we would like
to know is why do the strange alien kids all wear grey? Is it
director John (Escape
from LA, The Thing)
Carpenter's attempt to make them look disturbingly similar? Like
a modern version of the Hitler youth - all replete with their
peculiar blonde hair? Unlike the original film, this version is set in
latter-day America and not 1960s Britain where school uniforms were (and still
is) compulsory, so that probably explains the kids' predilection for grey
A small English village is
obviously a more atmospheric setting for the tale since this film is devoid of
any real tension or thrills.