Village of the Damned Review


Reviewed by David Savage

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill
Directed by: John Carpenter
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 94 minutes
Format: DVD / Blu-ray
Release Date: 27 April 2015

The 1995 chilling sci-fi/horror classic Village of the Damned (remake of the 1960 film of the same name) from master of suspense John Carpenter is coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Fabulous Films on 27 April 2015 and is one not to be missed.

In the tiny, sleepy seaside town of Midwich, population 2000, at 10am a shadow appears over the town and the entire town, including animals, collapse and blackout for 6 hours. Anybody crossing the invisible boundary around the town also collapses so no help is available. At 4pm the invisible boundary disappears and the town wakes up.

At first the town is pretty much back to normal apart from the odd accident and death caused by accidents from the blackout but then the local doctor, Dr Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve), notices a higher than normal pregnancy rate that can be dated back to the day of the blackout.  10 women suddenly find themselves pregnant. 9 months later they simultaneously give birth on the same night.

9 of the children survive (5 girls, 4 boys) and all white haired. At first all is fine until they start to grow when they all show signs of mind reading and mind control powers.

Government scientist Dr Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) teams up with Dr Chaffee to try and stop the terror the town is facing from this strange race of children. The village is damned!

Overall this is an excellent sci-fi horror about an alien invasion that produces a race of human looking children who collective power is a very dangerous weapon. A great story with good special effects and totally gripping and absorbing right to the end. And the children stole the show with their chilling telepathic powers.

Rating: 4.5/5

RRP: £12.99 (DVD) / £14.99 (Blu-ray)

Available to buy from Fabulous Films here.

4 half Star

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