The Village: Frank Masi
April 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Village

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
107 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/30/04
performer
Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, Judy Greer
director
M. Night Shyamalan
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
M. Night Shyamalan
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy
We gave it a B-

”The Village” is a summer movie we can’t wait to see

RELEASE DATE July 30

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT No one’s better these days at scaring us with things that go bump in the night than writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (”The Sixth Sense,” ”Signs”). And no one’s better at fighting monsters who live in darkness than Sigourney Weaver.

THE PREMISE In his first period piece, Shyamalan sets up housekeeping among 19th-century villagers (including Adrien Brody, ”Signs” alum Joaquin Phoenix, William Hurt, newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, and Weaver), whose truce with the mysterious creatures living in the surrounding woods has apparently broken down.

SOURCE Shyamalan’s creepy imagination

THE BACK STORY Weaver, who says Shyamalan’s script gave her nightmares in a way that the ”Alien” movies never did, learned how to live as a villager in 1897 would have: ”We learned how to weave, how to spin, how to hew logs. I wasn’t one of the ones who had to decapitate a rabbit, for which I am grateful.”

BURNING QUESTION Can Howard (daughter of Ron) and indie poster boy (and Oscar winner) Brody carry a mainstream movie on their shoulders?

COME FOR The gothic horror

STAY FOR The gothic romance, à la ”Wuthering Heights,” between Phoenix (pictured) and Howard

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