Village of the Damned 1995
The small coastal town of Midwich, California gets a shocking surprise when at approximately 10 a.m. on an otherwise benign morning all of the town’s residents are suddenly rendered unconscious. The source of this outbreak is unclear, though the affected area appears to have clear, defined borders. Soon the townsfolk begin to wake, with some discovering loved ones perished during the blackout period. Strangely, ten of the town’s women learn they are pregnant and every conception coincides with the unexplained epidemic.
Fast forward nine months and a slew of platinum blonde babies are born. The only problem is, these babies aren’t normal, and they’re not remotely near friendly. As the years pass, and the children grow, the adults begin to witness first hand that these little bastards are flat out evil....

Village of the Damned was adapted from The Midwich Cuckoos, one of John Wyndham's best books. It was almost as popular as his groundbreaking The Day of the Triffids, the story about deadly walking plants that now seems a progenitor of the post-apocalyptic subgenre. Wyndham's narrative logic is impeccable. Weird scientific mysteries are followed by further impossibilities that overturn everything dear to the English heart: Order, propriety, civilization itself.


Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Pare
Country: USA
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:38:00 | 46 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

It Takes a Village: The Making of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED Featuring Interviews with Director John Carpenter, Producer Sandy King, Actors Michael Pare, Peter Jason, Karen Kahn, Meredith Salenger, Thomas Dekker, Cody Dorkin, Lindsey Haun, Danielle Wiener-Keaton and Make-up Effects Artist Greg Nicotero (49:18, 1080p) - a new documentary on the making of the film featuring interviews with eleven cast and crew members. Shout! asked Carpenter if he wanted to record either a commentary or conduct a new interview about the film and he chose the latter. The participants' comments are intercut with clips from the film along with VHS footage of a deleted scene. This is a well-balanced account of how the film came together. Dekker defends Carpenter's contributions on the film and is the most vociferous of all his castmates, speaking his mind with passionate conviction. Alley, Hamill, and Kozlowski do not appear here so they were probably not available.

Horror's Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting the Locations of the Film (20:59, 1080p) - in this continuing series included on Shout!'s vintage horror releases, host Sean Clark takes the viewer to many of the locations in northern California that Carpenter filmed Village of the Damned.

The Go to Guy: Peter Jason on John Carpenter (45:14, 1080p) - Carpenter's frequent collaborator looks back with nostalgia and guffaws at several of the films he's worked on with the director. Filled with many amusing stories.

Vintage Interviews Featuring John Carpenter, Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill and Wolf Rilla (Director of the Original VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED) (14:20, 1080p upconvert) - a compilation of brief interview segments with Carpenter, Reeve, Alley, Kozlowski, Hamill, and Rilla that were culled from Universal's original EPK. They are presented full-frame with VHS-like quality.

Vintage Behind-the-Scenes Footage (10:19, 1080p upconvert) - this B-roll footage immediately follows the collection of older interviews. It shows Carpenter directing the actors in several different scenes.

Theatrical Trailer (2:00, 1080p) - a 16x9-friendly original studio trailer which appears in decent shape. It is in anamorphic widescreen with a very thin black border around all four sides.

Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery (2:00, 1080p) - a compilation of twenty or so production stills, lobby cards, ad slicks, and theatrical poster sheets from Universal's press kit and publicity campaign.

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