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Village of the Damned -- After an unseen force invades a quiet coastal town, ten women mysteriously find themselves pregnant. Local physician Dr. Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve) and government scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) join forces when the women simultaneously give birth and the reign of terror begins.
Village of the Damned -- A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Reeve ... Dr. Alan Chaffee

Kirstie Alley ... Dr. Susan Verner

Linda Kozlowski ... Jill McGowan

Michael Paré ... Frank McGowan

Meredith Salenger ... Melanie Roberts

Mark Hamill ... Reverend George
Pippa Pearthree ... Sarah, George's Wife

Peter Jason ... Ben Blum
Constance Forslund ... Callie Blum

Karen Kahn ... Barbara Chaffee

Thomas Dekker ... David McGowan

Lindsey Haun ... Mara Chaffee

Cody Dorkin ... Robert
Trishalee Hardy ... Julie
Jessye Quarry ... Dorothy
Adam Robbins ... Issac
Chelsea DeRidder Simms ... Matt

Renee Rene Simms ... Casey

Danielle Keaton ... Lily (as Danielle Wiener)
Hillary Harvey ... Mara, 1 Year
Bradley Wilhelm ... David, 1 Year
Jennifer Wilheim ... Mara / David, 4 Months

George 'Buck' Flower ... Carlton

Squire Fridell ... The Sheriff
Darryl Jones ... Highway Patrolman
Ed Corbett ... Older Deputy
Ross Martineau ... Younger Deputy
Skip Richardson ... Deputy
Tony Haney ... Dr. Bush

Sharon Iwai ... Eye Doctor
Robert Lewis Bush ... Mr. Roberts
Montgomery Hom ... Technician
Steven Chambers ... Trooper #1
Ron Kaell ... Trooper #2
Lane Nishikawa ... Scientist
Michael Halton ... Harold, Gas Station Attendant
Julie Eccles ... Eileen Moore
Lois Saunders ... Doctor at Clinic
Sidney Baldwin ... Labor Room Physician
Wendolyn Lee ... Nurse #5
Kathleen Turco-Lyon ... Nurse #3
Abigail Van Alyn ... Nurse #1
Roy Conrad ... Oliver

Dan Belzer ... Sam, Young Husband
Dena Martinez ... Cindy, Young Wife
Alice Barden ... Woman at Town Hall
John Brebner ... Man at Town Hall
Ralph Miller ... Villager

John Carpenter ... Man at Gas Station Phone (as Rip Haight)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Scott ... Lab Technician (uncredited)

Theodore Carl Soderberg ... Sheriff Mullin (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
Writing credits
John Wyndham (book "The Midwich Cuckoos")

Stirling Silliphant (1960 screenplay) and
Wolf Rilla (1960 screenplay) and
Ronald Kinnoch (1960 screenplay) (as George Barclay)

David Himmelstein (screenplay)

Steven Siebert  uncredited
Larry Sulkis  uncredited

Produced by
Andre Blay .... executive producer
David Chackler .... co-producer
Sean Daniel .... co-executive producer
Shep Gordon .... executive producer
James Jacks .... co-executive producer
Sandy King .... producer
Michael Preger .... producer
Ted Vernon .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
Dave Davies 
Cinematography by
Gary B. Kibbe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward A. Warschilka 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Peter Jason 
Sandy King 
Cheryl Miller 
Production Design by
Rodger Maus 
Art Direction by
Christa Munro 
Set Decoration by
Rick Brown 
Don De Fina 
Costume Design by
Robin Michel Bush 
Makeup Department
Steven E. Anderson .... makeup artist
Rob Hinderstein .... special makeup effects artist
Charlotte Parker .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Jeffrey Sudzin .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian P. Della Penna .... first assistant director: second unit
Christian P. Della Penna .... second assistant director
Jeff Imada .... second unit director
Colin Michael Kitchens .... second assistant director: San Francisco (as Mike Kitchens)
Artist W. Robinson .... first assistant director (as Artist Robinson)
Charles Simmers .... second second assistant director (as Charles K. Simmers III)
Art Department
Kristin Argue .... drapery
Pete Bowman .... construction foreman (as Peter J. Bowman)
James Burke .... key greensman
James DiStefano .... swing gang
Kenneth D. Emanuele .... construction laborer (as Ken Emanuele)
Kenny Montante .... assistant property master
Teresa Nielsen .... head painter
Gary E. Roloff .... assistant property master
Don Watson .... on-set dresser
Jody Weisenfeld .... set dresser
Dwight Williams .... construction coordinator
Sean Wright .... carpenter (as Sean J. Wright)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bartlett .... sound effects pre-dub re-recording mixer
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
John Dunn .... supervising sound editor
Julia Evershade .... supervising adr editor
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Evelyn Hokanson .... foley mixer (as Evelyn Nickle)
James Morioka .... first assistant sound editor
George Reinhardt .... cableman
Fred Runner .... sound mixer: second unit
Charles B. Unger .... assistant sound editor
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... mechanical special effects coordinator
Roy Arbogast .... mechanical special effects supervisor: second unit
William Butler .... special effects technician
Evan Campbell .... special effects makeup crew
Keith Urban .... special effects assistant
Keith Urban .... special effects: second unit
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... mechanical special effects coordinator
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects coordinator
Dick Wood .... special effects: second unit
Michael Wood .... special effects: second unit (as Mike Wood)
John Gillan .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Larry Odien .... animatronics (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sheena Duggal .... Inferno artist: ILM
Sheena Duggal .... flame artist: ILM
Howard Gersh .... digital effects artist
Benton Jew .... visual effects art director: ILM
Jacqueline Lopez .... visual effects producer (as Jacqueline M. Lopez)
Mark Moore .... concept artist
Jim Morris .... senior staff: ILM
Bruce Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Olague .... visual effects gaffer
Chad Taylor .... Sabre artist: ILM
John Torrijos .... computer graphics assistant
Alan McFarland .... miniature effects lighting (uncredited)
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunts (as Robin Bonaccorsi)
Troy Brown .... stunts
Kurt Bryant .... stunts
Hal Burton .... stunts
Rocky Capella .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Paul Crawford .... stunts
Laura Dash .... stunts
Lisa Dempsey .... stunts
Thomas Dewier .... stunts
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts (as Jon Epstein)
Al Goto .... stunts
Brian Imada .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Brad Lackey .... stunts
Peter Lai .... stunts
Kevin Larson .... stunts
Billy D. Lucas .... stunts (as Billy Lucas)
John Lucasey .... stunts
Johnny Martin .... stunts
Mike Martinez .... stunts
Jeff Mosley .... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Jim J. Poslof .... stunts
Jim J. Poslof .... utility stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
James Beaumonte .... grip
J. Chuck Biagio .... dolly grip
Brian Bibbe .... second assistant camera
Dustin Blauvelt .... camera operator: second unit (as Dusty Blauvelt)
William Boatman .... camera operator
Arthur R. Botham .... director of photography: second unit
Joseph Emanuele .... best boy electric: second unit
Joseph Emanuele .... lamp operator
Jeff Gilliam .... lamp operator
Jeff Gilliam .... second unit: gaffer
Brian Kibbie .... second assistant camera (as Brian Kibbe)
Chris Kievman .... electrician
Jon Kranhouse .... camera operator: second unit
Mark A. Lewis .... electrician (as Mark Lewis)
Gary McClendon .... electrician
Steve Peterson .... first assistant camera
Dane Spelman .... grip
William Waldman .... camera operator
Casting Department
David Giella .... casting associate
Helen Taylor .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Mato .... color timer
Paul C. Warschilka .... first assistant editor: film
Music Department
Miriam Mayer .... musician
Bruce Robb .... Musician: Hammond B3 organ/percussion
Bruce Robb .... music editing
Bruce Robb .... music mixer
Bruce Robb .... music producer
Bruce Robb .... music contractor (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William Hogue .... driver
Jill Wattles .... driver (as Jill Wattles)
Other crew
John Alfred .... first assistant accountant
Benu Bhandari .... script supervisor
Karin Costa .... assistant to director
Christopher Desmond .... set medic
Gina Gilberto .... assistant production coordinator
Rock LeRoy .... caterer
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Glenn Nicol .... production accountant
Stefanie Pleet .... location manager
Tom Prince .... production executive
Mayo Sanchez .... assistant to producer
Sean Sobczak .... production assistant
Sean Whitler .... set production assistant
Mariana Tosca .... body double (uncredited)
Virginia Travers .... lead stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Village of the Damned" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for some sci-fi terror and violence
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (2000) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1995) (VHS) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:15 (video premiere) | USA:R (certificate #33781)

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One of the few films in which both leading men appear bare-chested during the opening credits.See more »
Continuity: As the people lay unconscious near the beginning of the film, we see Melanie Roberts lying next to the bathtub. The bathtub is filling with water, which would seem to indicate that she has yet to take a bath. Yet she is shown lying next to the tub, wearing a towel with wet hair.See more »
Dr. Alan Chaffee:[walks into the barn where the children are] Another man is dead. Why do you hate us so much, Mara?
Mara Chaffee:It isn't a matter of hate. It is a biological obligation.
[short pause]
Mara Chaffee:You are thinking of what happened to the others. Then our actions shouldn't surprise you. We have to survive no matter what the cost; we are the only ones left now.
Dr. Alan Chaffee:I don't see why we can't reach an understanding. Why can't we just live together?
Mara Chaffee:If we coexist, we shall dominate you. That is inevitable. Eventually you will try to eliminate us. We are all creatures of the life force. Now it was set us at one another to see who will survive.
Dr. Alan Chaffee:That's a cruel sport.
Mara Chaffee:Life is cruelty. We all feed on each other, exploit each other in some way to survive.
Dr. Alan Chaffee:[shakes his head] I don't agree with you.
[walks over to where Mara is sitting]
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54 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
Very Exceptional Moment When a Remake Beats an Original, 26 December 2004
Author: chambara8112 from Europe

There are very few horrors in Hollywood that are truly scary from an adults point of view like this one. it looks almost like it was done by an European contemplating the violence in contemporary America but in fact, it's surprising that was John Carpenter himself who's very well aware of that marginal point of America (frivolity of violence) that is so deeply implied in this movie. So this brainy stuff in horror is one of the aspects why this film didn't make good in box-office.

Beginning: i love the way how we are introduced to our essential characters then the family and full of harmony feeling that follows as if we're treated to something romantic, and in one moment everything is destroyed. The black-out scene is so chillingly frightening in a very serious tone achieved especially due to that sweet beginning. What follows is what you actually get and that's a very tragical feeling that something bad is gonna happen which is masterfully directed almost in a non-speakable way. That feel of dread flows through the "childbirth scene" that features little flashes of happiness for their characters (for a short time). One of the most beautiful scenes is the "baptizing of that baby" showing us our human side in contrast to that inhuman-or should i say extraterrestrial.

OK first death scene: brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. From the "boiling-water scene" to jumping off a cliff it's almost without words which makes it all the more powerful conclusion. Here i must say i'm a big Carpenter fan and i've seen all his movies but this scene (along with that one at a cemetery w/ Alan Chaffee & David) is one of his most spectacular i have ever seen and only proves that Carpenter is indisputably far better filmmaker than before. After the interrogation with K.Alley we are treated to a beautiful film-montage of the village shifting to a truly majestic scene of the marching children which accompanying an enchanting music with an appropriate sound nuances directly for the children‘s theme. Second death scene was done in a very old-fashioned style (which is more or less beautiful and disturbing than just frightening), that is important for us just to get to a point when they represent a real threat with complete lacking of any empathy and compassion for others which leads me to mention a cute scene with David learning something about humanity: in that scene you can take David as some kind of a symbol of hope that there still can be a little of humanity or take Linda Kozlowski character as a symbol of a parent that's actually responsible for that humanity to the future, anyway beautiful scene. Interesting moment is the suicide of Salenger's Melanie Roberts character – was she compelled by some outer force (extraterrestrial) or was it her own decision (which doesn‘t make much sense). There's truly magnificent scene with David and Reeve's character at a cemetery concerning human emotions - i almost thought that i was watching some Jean Cocteau film, and those who say that Garry Kibbe is a low-class cinematographer should see at least this scene, definitely this film is one of his best collaborations with Carpenter. There are many really old-fashioned scenes that were fancy maybe in 50's or 60's but in a way they're still very elegant and impressive, mainly because Carpenter took from those days only what is at its core virtually timeless, so i don't think there's a way that Village Of The Damned could seem to be dated, on the contrary there's a chance that this will probably find its audience in the future! And by the way for a Carpenter film you gotta have an acquired special taste. What i also admire is that carnage scene at the end of the movie which is a really classic Carpenter scene affluent of the rhythm and style similar to 'Assault On Precinct 13'. Anyway going through with this remake is an experience of a life time that the 1960 version by far ain't equal to. I have seen Carpenter's VOTD 8 years ago and still i can't put those images from this film out of my mind, i was really convinced that i was in that village and believed those events were happening, that's something i can't say about a lot of pretentious movies in Hollywood today.

I think Carpenter really outdid himself with this very powerful film that not only beats its inferior original but even in its way Carpenter's early stuff like 'Halloween', 'The Thing' or 'Prince Of Darkness'. You know, it's very easy to prefer a film that is shocking and very serious like 'The Thing', but Village Of The Damned is pretty much opulent in his portrayal of violence in a more brooding sense, it's not so much a horror within itself(The Thing) as it is rather a low viewpoint of the true horror outside and about the way how to deal/struggle with that. So from this perspective it very easily transcends something like 'The Thing' but in fact they're both great, even though 'Village Of The Damned' doesn't try to be that extremely documentary-like serious and 'The Thing' doesn't succeed in that intelligent satiric portrayal of violence and old fashioned artistic film beauty.

i can't help but this film is simply a true masterpiece that is criminally under-appreciated.

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