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WELL, I'LL BE . . . CARPENTER FLIPPED FOR `VILLAGE' AS A KID

"Village of the Damned" is part of John Carpenter's personal history.

The 47-year-old director first saw the original 1960 science fiction flick when he was 12. He never forgot it."I somehow got this incredible crush on one of the girls in the original," he says. "She was the first love object I had; I wanted her to zap me and take me over and make me do whatever she wanted."

Carpenter's remake of "Village of the Damned," which stars Kirstie Alley and Christopher Reeve, opened this weekend.