VIL­LAGE OF THE DAMNED

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

1995 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD

A UK Blu- ray de­but for John Car­pen­ter’s point­less re­make of the eerie 1960 clas­sic based on John Wyn­d­ham novel The Mid­wich Cuck­oos, in which, af­ter a whole vil­lage mys­te­ri­ously blacks out, women give birth to emo­tion­less, other- worldly chil­dren with ter­ri­fy­ing men­tal pow­ers. Christo­pher Reeve stars, in his last role be­fore he was paral­ysed. Trans­plant­ing events from Bri­tain to Cal­i­for­nia, it’s a lethar­gic af­fair which adds noth­ing of any real value: one of the creepy kids is now more hu­man­ised, plus there’s a goes- nowhere gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy sub­plot, and lash­ings of macabre vi­o­lence ( for ex­am­ple, dur­ing the black­out, some­one falls asleep on a bar­be­cue…).

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