Village of the Damned
Village of the Damned (1995)

This film is a remake of the classic 1960 science-fiction thriller, Village of the Damned, which was based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Veteran horror director John Carpenter is at the helm this time, with Christopher… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 28, 1995
DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With John Carpenter at the helm and an eclectic onscreen ensemble, this Village of the Damned should be distinguished by more than its improved special effects.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

There's nothing more static than a stalled fright vehicle.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A trip to a village of the darned tedious.

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Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online

So bad, so unimaginative, so poorly directed, you end up gawking at the screen entranced.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects, some dark humor and crisp portrayals.

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James Berardinelli

An enjoyable, if obviously-flawed, amalgamation of horror and science fiction.

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Nicholas Bell

Although it's not in the same league as Carpenter's other notable remake (his 1982 version of The Thing remains unparalleled), it's well worth reassessment.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Carpenter, whose batting average is dipping dangerously low, shows no grasp of character development, plot line or time passage.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Carpenter's updating of the classic 1960 chiller is mediocre at best, and at times plummets into unintentional humor.

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Nick Johnston

The film feels somewhat dead. It's not tapping into a cultural vein, or expressing some sort of parental nightmare, it's just echoing those prior ones in a totally unsatisfying way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The remake of the classic film is mediocre to say the least. The 1960 Wolf Rilla horror classic has been remade by John Carpenter. Given the fact that Carpenter… More
Martin Sahlin
Hmm...I'm not gonna say it was good...but it wasn't really bad. But face can't beat The Bloodening. One of the kids was a good actor...
Melvin White
Mara Chaffee: Life is cruelty. We all feed on each other, exploit each other in some way to survive.  "Beware the Children" Village of the Damned is… More
David Ladd
Village of the Damned starts one ordinary day in the small American coastal town of Midwich where at precisely 10 O'clock in the morning every living thing… More
Aj V
A pretty good remake, it's got a good cast anyway. The story is as weird as in the first, but sort of brought up to date of course. Still, a remake was… More
Wahida K
Honestly not a tiny bit creepy infact boring too. Was similar to Children of the Corn.