The Village: 

      As I was channel surfing the other day, I stumbled across M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. Panic rushed through me as my ten-year-old self screamed to change the channel (when the trailer was released back in the day I was absolutely mortified), but curiosity won out in the end. I hunkered down and watched the suspense-thriller that I had originally believed would be a paralyzing horror movie that would leave me sleepless for weeks. Instead, it only left me sleepless for a few nights.

     The Village follows an Amish-like community that lives in fear of the porcupine-y monsters that reside in the ominous woods. The community and monsters have an uneasy truce that is shattered after a slow-minded boy played by Adrien Brody crosses the border into the woods. All havoc breaks loose as monsters attack at dusk and leave haunting red slashes on the doors of every building. Of course the people of the village are terrified, but that doesn’t stop a love story from forming. A blind Bryce Dallas Howard falls in love with a fairly stable Joaquin Phoenix. About halfway through the movie, fear of the monsters becomes secondary as a deadly love triangle surfaces with Brody stabbing Phoenix in the stomach because he likes Howard and she doesn’t like him back (so high school). Howard must then venture into the woods to the other towns to get medicine for her dying love. No one believes she can do it, but she can!…because of love. Anyways, long story short, the monsters turn out to be fake as does the village. The village actually resides in a modern day wildlife reserve that no one enters nor leaves. The elders of the village decided years ago that society was evil, so they decided to start over from scratch…because who wouldn’t? A bunch of other superfluous stuff happens, but that’s the gist of it. In retrospect, I have no idea why I was so terrified by The Village as a youngin’.

       This was most definitely not M. Night Shyamalan’s best work, but Bryce Dallas Howard was absolutely spectacular in her star-making role. You can watch the entire movie below in celebration of The Village’s tenth birthday!

The Village: 

      As I was channel surfing the other day, I stumbled across M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. Panic rushed through me as my ten-year-old self screamed to change the channel (when the trailer was released back in the day I was absolutely mortified), but curiosity won out in the end. I hunkered down and watched the suspense-thriller that I had originally believed would be a paralyzing horror movie that would leave me sleepless for weeks. Instead, it only left me sleepless for a few nights.

     The Village follows an Amish-like community that lives in fear of the porcupine-y monsters that reside in the ominous woods. The community and monsters have an uneasy truce that is shattered after a slow-minded boy played by Adrien Brody crosses the border into the woods. All havoc breaks loose as monsters attack at dusk and leave haunting red slashes on the doors of every building. Of course the people of the village are terrified, but that doesn’t stop a love story from forming. A blind Bryce Dallas Howard falls in love with a fairly stable Joaquin Phoenix. About halfway through the movie, fear of the monsters becomes secondary as a deadly love triangle surfaces with Brody stabbing Phoenix in the stomach because he likes Howard and she doesn’t like him back (so high school). Howard must then venture into the woods to the other towns to get medicine for her dying love. No one believes she can do it, but she can!…because of love. Anyways, long story short, the monsters turn out to be fake as does the village. The village actually resides in a modern day wildlife reserve that no one enters nor leaves. The elders of the village decided years ago that society was evil, so they decided to start over from scratch…because who wouldn’t? A bunch of other superfluous stuff happens, but that’s the gist of it. In retrospect, I have no idea why I was so terrified by The Village as a youngin’.

       This was most definitely not M. Night Shyamalan’s best work, but Bryce Dallas Howard was absolutely spectacular in her star-making role. You can watch the entire movie below in celebration of The Village’s tenth birthday!