Beware the children! That is the tagline of the John Carpenter 1995 remake of Village of the Damned, and it is very appropriate. Beware the children indeed. I always say to my friends that horror movies are responsible for the idea of not having children, and this one is a prime example as to why.
The movie is about the community of Midwich, who one day mysterious fall into a deep sleep. Everyone is affected, including the animals. They wake up, and soon after 10 women find themselves pregnant. They give birth to children who rapidly age and demonstrate they have very deadly abilities.
It’s not a far reach as to the true origins of the children. They are different than your average child in their appearance and the fact they exhibit no emotions. Anyone who threatens them in any way, even if it is accidental,suffers from their wrath. You do not want to make these kids angry.
There is one of them who is the exception..he is the outcast due to not having a female counterpart. He also benefits from allowing himself to emphasize with others. Even though he may join the others, he doesn’t always agree with their methods.
It all leads to very violent ending as the children are confronted by the townspeople, police, and even the military. No one can withstand the might of the children except for the town doctor who only defeat them because he has strong willpower. The children eventually break his mind, but it is too late.
This movie is still a relevant classic, and it’s themes are very appropriate to discuss. It explores what would happen if you discover you are pregnant unwilling and not being sure who is responsible. Would you be willing to raise a child that is not even yours. Most of the parents decide to do so because there is money involved even when given the option to terminate. I just found it so fitting. John Carpenter’s masterful directing style as well as musical contribution help this film excel as well.
Village of the Damned(1995) is currently streaming on Peacock, and I definitely recommend checking it out. It definitely deserves more recognition than it gets.
Till next time, stay scared!
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