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Director  John Carpenter
Initial DVD release  December 15, 1998
Writer  Novel:, John Wyndham
Language  English
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country  United States
Village of the Damned (1995 film) movie poster
Release date  April 28, 1995 (1995-04-28)
Adapted from  Village of the Damned, The Midwich Cuckoos
Cast  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)
Similar movies  A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, Coneheads, Lilo & Stitch, Planet 51, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
Tagline  Beware the Children

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John Carpenter's Village of the Damned is a 1995 American science fiction-horror film directed by John Carpenter and a remake of the 1960 film of the same name which in turn is based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. The 1995 remake is set in Northern California, whereas the book and original film were both set in the United Kingdom. The 1995 film was marketed with the tagline, "Beware the Children", and stars Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Pare, Mark Hamill, and Meredith Salenger.


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The quiet coastal town of Midwich in California's Marin County is invaded by an unseen force, causing a blackout for six hours, which leaves ten women mysteriously pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born simultaneously on one night, though one is stillborn. At first, they all appear to be normal, but it does not take the parents long to realize that they aren't. The children are shown to all have pale skin, white hair, fierce intellect, and cobalt eyes. However, they also do not appear to possess a conscience or personalities. The children display eerie psychic abilities that can result in violent and deadly consequences whenever they experience pain or provocation.

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The children soon "pair off", except for one of the boys, David, whose intended partner was the stillborn baby. As a result, he shows human compassion while still resembling the other children and retaining some degree of psychic powers. Their leader is Mara, the daughter of a local physician, Dr. Alan Chaffee. Mara's mother, Barbara, commits suicide by walking off an ocean cliff. Because of his childhood loss, David understands what the other children do not: emotion. He and his mother Jill McGowan (the local school teacher) share a brief conversation about this, displaying empathy and remorse. The children eventually move to the local barn as their classroom and for survival.

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Soon it is revealed that there are other colonies of blackout children in foreign countries, but they were quickly eliminated due to their inhuman nature. The scientific team in Midwich quickly flees the town to escape the chaos. Government scientist, Dr. Susan Verner, is forced to show the children the preserved stillborn baby she secretly kept to perform an autopsy, which is unveiled as an alien. She then is made to fatally stab herself. An angry mob gathers to kill the children, but the leader is set on fire and burns to death while the state police sent there are instead hypnotized into shooting each other in a chaotic gun battle.

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In order to rid the town of the children, Alan devises a plan: to detonate a briefcase of explosives inside the children's classroom. By thinking of a brick wall, he is able to create a mental barrier and keep the presence of the bomb a secret from the children. Jill begs him to spare David because he is not like the others, and Alan agrees. He attempts to do this by asking David to leave the classroom to get his notebook from his car. The children begin to suspect that Alan is hiding something, and they slowly "destroy" the wall. Finally, Jill shows up, but the children stop her and attempt to use mind control. David, tired of this, rushes to her defense and knocks Mara over. The children turn on David, but Jill rushes him from the building. As soon as the children discover Alan thinking of the bomb, it detonates, killing everyone inside, along with Alan.

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Jill and David survive the massacre; she says that they will both move to a place where nobody knows them. David looks off into the distance as they drive away.


Unlike its predecessor, the film was shot in widescreen color. Lloyd Paseman of the Eugene Register-Guard said that the shooting in widescreen color and the fact that major actors such as Christopher Reeve, Mark Hamill and Kirstie Alley were a part of the film made it so that the film was "anything but cheap". Additional graphic violence was added in the remake; the children cause one adult to kill herself by cutting herself open with a surgical knife and another has an adult immolate herself.

John Carpenter moved the story from England to Northern California and set it in the contemporary time period. He gave female characters larger roles in the story. Paseman said that aside from those moves, the film "made no attempt to update his source material" and that the film was "not unlike most of the science-fiction/horror movies Hollywood churned out for a mostly teen-age audience during the 1950s and into the early '60s."

If the children apply moderate psychic powers, their pupils have the appearances of red or green-flecked pupils, and the color becomes a bright white when they apply strong psychic powers.

Charlotte Gravenor, the hairstylist, bleached the hair of the actors who played the children, and then applied white hairspray to their hair. This made them appear like aliens. Bruce Nicholson and Greg Nicotero applied a special effect where the eye pupil colors change when the children seize control of the adults. Paseman said that the eye effect was "less impressive" than the hair effect.

Main cast

  • Christopher Reeve as Dr. Alan Chaffee, the Midwich town doctor
  • Kirstie Alley as Dr. Susan Verner, an epidemiologist working for the federal Government of the United States, who investigates the mass pregnancies
  • Linda Kozlowski as Jill McGowan, a widow who becomes the mother of David
  • Michael Paré as Frank McGowan, a blackout victim and Jill's husband
  • Meredith Salenger as Melanie Roberts, a virgin whose baby is the stillborn
  • Mark Hamill as Reverend George – The town minister
  • The Children

  • Thomas Dekker as David McGowan, son of Jill McGowan
  • Lindsey Haun as Mara Chaffee, daughter of Dr. Chaffee
  • Cody Dorkin as Robert
  • Trishalee Hardy as Julie
  • Jessye Quarry as Dorothy
  • Adam Robbins as Issac
  • Chelsea DeRidder Simms as Matt
  • Renee Rene Simms as Casey
  • Danielle Keaton as Lily
  • Reception

    In addition to being a failure at the box office, the film received mediocre critical response. Based on 34 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, Village of the Damned holds a 29% approval rating from critics, with an average score of 3.9 out of 10. In 1996, the film was nominated at the 16th Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel.

    Lloyd Paseman of the Eugene Register-Guard said that while the remake did not attempt to make Village of the Damned "something" that its predecessor was not, the film had "mediocre" dialogue and plot development. He gave it two stars out of four. Paseman also remarked that in this film Reeve made an "earnest" attempt, that Kozlowski did the highest quality acting for the film, that Dekker was "credible," and that Hamill was "badly miscast."

    Janet Maslin of the New York Times was more enthusiastic, regarding it as "John Carpenter's best horror film in a long while". The remake was "mostly more sly than frightening..restaging the original story with fresh enthusiasm and a nice modicum of new tricks."

    In a 2011 interview Carpenter described the film as a "contractual assignment" which he was "really not passionate about".


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