Village of the Damned

John Carpenter's remake with Christopher Reeve of the classic black & white film starring George Saunders leaves something to be desired. Exceptionally eerie (unfortunately in the wrong way) are the mylar plastic platinum wigs the children wear as well as their peculiar and incomprehensible gait. Kirsty Alley struts around like Bette Midler on a bad day trying to portray an assertive, if not convincing, physician who has something predictable hidden in the basement.

What Carpenter, who has given us so much good work, was intending to achieve remains a riddle and one can only hope that the phone call he was making in the gas station has something to do with a new project and not a sequel to this dud.

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