I know it's not the original but it still has a certain quality, an authenticity that comes with this kind of story. And all the best scary films have a good story. It starts with the most nonchalant music I've ever heard but some of the villagers can hear a whispering. All is not well here. There's something in the air and one sunny afternoon everyone passes out. A couple of hours later they all wake up. All except the ones who happened to be driving or BBQing before falling asleep. Well, shit happens.
Not long after this incident, most of the women in the village find they are pregnant, with conception dating back to the blackout and a mysterious doctor arrives to offer financial rewards to those who go through with the birth. This prompts some hilarious, almost Exorcist like dream sequences.
Soon the children are born and we fast forward about 8 years. I mean, it should've been obvious that something was up with them; bad hair, oversized coats, sinister grins and nods that lead to sudden, violent suicides. Seriously creepy effing kids. Anyway, it becomes common knowledge that they are reading and controlling the minds of the adults.
Rather slow in parts, it runs much like a Stephen King TV screenplay. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a thing. I did love the suicide scenes and the kids are adequately superior. The boy who began to learn empathy made me feel a bit sad. Wait. Do I have empathy?! Regardless of what horrors the kids committed, the overwhelming moral of the story is the horrors the grown ups allowed to happen due to their selfish needs. Adults aren't nearly as clever as they think they are. Damn it.