Village of the Damned (1995)

35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
Digital DTS, DTS Stereo, English

An American science fiction film directed by John Carpenter. Wes Craven was originally announced as the director.

Plot Summary

Residents in a small California town are knocked out by a mysterious force. Nine months later a group of strange are born who grow up with telepathic powers.


Directed by: John Carpenter
© 1995 Universal City Studios, Inc.
Universal Pictures presents an Alphaville production
Executive Producers: Ted Vernon, Shep Gordon, André Blay
Co-executive Producers: James Jacks, Sean Daniel
Produced by: Michael Preger and Sandy King
Co-producer: David Chackler
Screenplay by: David Himmelstein
Based on the Book The Midwick Cuckoos by: John Wyndham
And on the 1960 Screenplay by: Stirling Silliphant and Wolf Rilla and George Barclay
Director of Photography: Gary B. Kibbe
Edited by: Edward A. Warschilka
Music by: John Carpenter & Dave Davies
Sound Mixer: Thomas Causey
Women's Costume Supervisor: Robin Michel Bush
Men's Costume Supervisor: Bob Bush
Key Makeup Artist: Ken Chase
Key Hair Stylist: Terry Baliel
Visual Effects Supervisor: Bruce Nicholson
Mechanical Special Effects Coordinators: Roy Arbogast, Bruno Van Zeebroeck
Special Visual Effects by: Industrial Light & Magic
Production Designer: Rodger Maus

Christopher Reeve (Alan Chaffee)
Kirstie Alley (Dr Susan Verner)
Linda Kozlowski (Jill McGowan)
Michael Paré (Frank McGowan)
Mark Hamill (Reverend George)
Meredith Salenger (Melanie Roberts)
Peter Jason (Ben Blum)
Constance Forslund (Callie Blum)
Pippa Pearthree (Sarah [Miller])
Karen Kahn (Barbara Chaffee)

The Children
Thomas Dekker (David)
Lindsey Haun (Mara)
Cody Dorkin (Robert)
Trishalee Hardy (Julie)
Jessye Quarry (Dorothy)
Adam Robbins (Isaac)
Chelsea DeRidder Simms (Matt)
Renée René Simms (Casey)
Danielle Wiener (Lily)

Alternative Titles

A Cidade dos Amaldiçoados – Brazilian title
A Cidade dos Malditos – Portuguese title
Das Dorf der Verdammten – German title
Elátkozottak faluja – Hungarian title
De fördömdas by – Swedish video title
Den fortabte by – Danish video title
John Carpenters Das Dorf der Verdammten – German title
John Carpenter's Village of the Damned
Kirottu kaupunki – Finnish title
Kirottujen kaupunki – Finnish television title
Lanetliler Kasabasi – Turkish title
Neetute küla – Estonian title
Ondskans barn – Swedish title
I poli ton kataramenon – Greek title
El pueblo de los malditos – Argentine, Mexican, Spanish title
Selo ukletih – Serbian title
Þorp Hinna Fordæmdu – Icelandic title
Le Village des damnés – French Canadian, French title
Villaggio dei dannati – Italian title
Wioska przekletych – Polish title

Remake of
Village of the Damned (1960)

Extracts included in
The Go to Guy: Peter Jason on John Carpenter (2016)
It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned (2016)

See also
The Midwich Cuckoos (2022)


Fangoria no.143 (June 1995) pp.40-45, 82 – illustrated interview with John Carpenter (Village of the Damned by Darcy Sullivan)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.304 no.2 (29 August 1990) p.5 – note, credits
The Hollywood Reporter vol.318 no.9 (2 July 1991) p.26 – credits
Legend no.18 (Summer 1995) p.32 – soundtrack review
Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992 p.4 – note (Hot snatches)
Screen International no.979 (14 October 1994) p.18 – illustrated note (Cinema of ideas by Paul Dempsey)
Screen International no.1013 (23 June 1995) p.2 – illustrated note
Shivers no.19 (July 1995) pp.32-34 – illustrated interview with Christopher Reeve
no.23 (November 1995) pp.16-17 – illustrated review (by Jonathan Rigby)
no.211 (March 1996) p.54 – video note (Videofile)
1 August 1994 p.20 – credits
17 October 1994 p.78 – credits
1 May 1995 pp.36, 37 – credits, synopsis, review (by Todd McCarthy)