Village of the Damned (1995) is a remake I never knew existed. That’s mostly because my parents always made an effort to show us an original first. So unless a remake was released when I was a kid, I didn’t know about it. Not even legendary director John Carpenter being involved seemed to make it standout. Really the only thing its remembered for is being the last movie performance from Superman himself Christopher Reeve. Before the tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Other than that Village of the Damned (1995) plays out about the same with a couple of key differences. The now American village of Midwich still falls asleep all at once, but the government gets more involved. A doctor closely examines the mysterious pregnancies. Only the children come out looking much more obvious. Their hair is a lot more white than blonde and their eyes glow a more orange color. They’ve also added an unnecessary layer of complexity to them. By having them be exactly 5 boys and 5 girls.
Only with David’s intended being a stillborn. Because of that, David is for some reason made to be the only sympathetic child. Instead of the sinister leader that worked so much better in the original. The leader this time is a girl named Mara. She, along with the rest of the children, aren’t nearly as creepy. Due mostly to the fact that they aren’t British. Apart from the added violence and attempted depth, Village of the Damned (1995) doesn’t feel like it was helped by John Carpenter’s style.
Remake of: Village of the Damned (1960)