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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