I have a shaky relationship with Village of the Damned. On the one hand, it’s a pretty piss-poor movie in a lot of ways. It has a lot going against it. It’s a remake, the acting is ludicrous, and some of the decisions made by the characters are just mind-numbing. On the other hand, it is a John Carpenter movie, and as we’ve all learned by this point — with the exception of The Ward — even a bad John Carpenter movie is better than a lot of filmmakers’ good movies. So yes, it’s a ridiculous movie, and yes, it’s really easy to get a group of friends together, and throw this on for the purpose of laughing at it, and yes, this movie turns Christopher Reeve — a man famous to most of us because of his portrayal of Superman, humanity’s symbol of hope — into a suicide bomber who takes a school full of children out with his explosive vest. Yeah, I know, those kids were evil incarnate and needed to be blown to shit, but, you know what I’m saying here, right? I mean, say what you will about Zack Snyder’s portrayal of Superman as a brooding-infant of a superhero, just now coming into his own, but he never murdered a school full of blonde-headed blue-eyed children by killing himself with a homemade explosive device. The world keeps finding excuses to put this movie back in front of my face, and though initially I grumble a bit, I’m still glad that I can go back, watch it with fresh eyes, and reach the same conclusion all over again.
The special features on this disc include a new documentary, It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned, and of course, there are interviews with Carpenter, his producer Sandy King, as well as interviews with several cast members including Thomas Dekker, and make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero. There is a new Village of the Damned-themed Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, and another retrospective documentary focusing on Peter Jason’s career with John Carpenter. We’re also treated to vintage interviews and other behind-the-scenes goodness the theatrical trailer, and a still gallery of behind-the-scenes photographs. Basically, even if you’re not a fan of this movie, but you’re a fan of Carpenter’s work, and especially the fascinating stories behind the production of one of his most notoriously “bad” films, then that stuff alone is probably worth the asking price of the Blu-ray.
“A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects…” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
From the master of suspense, John Carpenter, comes a chilling new version of the sci-fi classic. Something is terribly wrong in the tiny village of Midwich. After an unseen force invades a quiet coastal town, ten women mysteriously find themselves pregnant. Local physician Dr. Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve) and government scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) join forces when the women simultaneously give birth… and the reign of supernatural terror begins. In what The New York Times calls “one scarifying trip,” the people of Midwich must try to find a way to stop the unstoppable in the Village of the Damned.
NEW It Takes A Village: The Making Of Village Of The Damned Featuring Interviews With Director John Carpenter, Producer Sandy King, Actors Michael Paré, Peter Jason, Karen Kahn, Meredith Salenger, Thomas Dekker, Cody Dorkin, Lindsey Haun, Danielle Wiener-Keaton And Make-up Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Locations Of The Film
NEW The Go To Guy: Peter Jason On John Carpenter
Vintage Interviews Featuring John Carpenter, Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill And Wolf Rilla (Director Of The Original VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED)
Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage
Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery