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Village of the Damned

Remake made by John Carpenter

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BETTER THAN GIVEN CREDIT FOR BUT STILL MISSING SOMETHING

  • Dec 5, 2012
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Village of the Damned



VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED

Is it just me or did this movie leave you entertained enough to be mad at it, just me? When I first watched this I will admit that I did not hate it like some of my friends did. I guess it helps that I am a John Carpenter fan and some of the deaths were cool to me. But every time I watch it now I can see all the potential that was there and wasted. I never doubt Carpenter on atmosphere and here I feel he did a good enough job. But there is something there that just screams I am missing something.

Midwich California is just like any other town full of people, cars, and businesses going on day by day. That is until one day a strange mist appears in the town and soon every one there is out cold. When everyone wakes up it seems all women who can physically still carry a baby are indeed pregnant. Time goes by and all the pregnant women give birth at the same time with all babies surviving minus one. The children start to grow at a crazy pace and seem to have powers beyond that of any human, funny because they just might not be human.

For the guy that remade "The Thing" so wonderfully I was a bit surprised at how this one turned out. It feels like a classic Carpenter flick but it falls short like some of his later flicks did as well. I did enjoy the deaths at the hands of the kids or should I say at the minds of the kids. And some of the performances were really good but like most remakes it did not live up to the potential. Christopher Reeve is great to watch in his last film before his accident that left him paralyzed. Thomas Dekker is fun in the lead role against the kids and Kirstie Alley is good but I am glad her character got it from the kids. Speaking of the kids I must say that any horror film benefits from having creepy kids in it. Sure they are not as creepy as kids in other films but kids are freaky in these flicks, they really are.

When watching this now I think Carpenter was going for the type of mood and film that he created with "The Fog". I love that film and only like this film so I guess he was not completely successful if that was what he was going for. But even still it feels like he was going for an old school horror flick here. Also before I forget it was cool seeing Mark Hamill here as a preacher. Any way I do like this movie and I think a lot of people reading this would as well. Not as good as the original film but still it is better than most remember it to be. Plus i would have loved to have watched this with a director's commentary, just saying.

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December 06, 2012
this wasn't great but it sure wasn't as bad as the critics had said during its release.
December 07, 2012
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Quick Tip by . December 05, 2012
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I do like this movie and I think a lot of people reading this would as well. Not as good as the original film but still it is better than most remember it to be. Plus i would have loved to have watched this with a director's commentary, just saying.
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