A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans.


John Carpenter
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


An American village is visited by some unknown life form which leaves the women of the village pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born, and they all look normal, but it doesn't take the "parents" long to realize that the kids are not human or humane. Written by Rob Hartill

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Beware the Children

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sci-fi terror and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


John Carpenter had planned to work again with "Universal" on their long-gestating remake of "Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)," but the film's box office failure killed those plans. As of 2017, the remake remains unmade, although speculation began again with the announcement of "Universal"'s "Dark Universe" brand. See more »


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Carlton: I know your game. I know what you're up to. Ever since you got here, I been watchin'... watchin' people leave this town... watchin' things die. You ain't right. None of ya'. And one of these days, somebody's gonna do somethin' 'bout it.
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People are being way too hard on this movie.
13 April 2003 | by LauraH2477See all my reviews

Sure, it's not the best horror film ever made, but it was fun. I'm sure that people who grew up with the original would like it better, that's to be expected. But I thought the movie was a good B-level movie with some creepy scenes and a few shocks, and let's not forget the cheese. Most of John Carpenter's movies fall into this category. Halloween was a bit different, but come on, even In The Mouth Of Madness had some cheesy parts, and it was plenty creepy. Most of his movies are just fun to watch, and when they're over, you forget them. A horror movie that truly disturbs people only comes once every few years. Most of them shouldn't be taken so seriously. Pop some popcorn, grab a beverage, put your feet up and have some fun with this one.

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Release Date:

28 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Village of the Damned See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,222,450, 30 April 1995

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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