Director M. Night Shyamalan put the entire cast through a 19th century "boot camp" in order for them to get a good feel for the time period.
Joaquin Phoenix made a wooden walking stick for Bryce Dallas Howard during the 19th-century preparation the actors participated in before the film. He engraved the name of her character, Ivy, on the walking stick.
Bryce Dallas Howard and Judy Greer, who played sisters Ivy and Kitty, would later play sisters again in Jurassic World (2015).
The director cast Bryce Dallas Howard without an audition after seeing her perform on stage.
It took the crew eleven weeks to build the set for the village. There were nearly 300 people in the scenic and construction department.
The film was originally to be called "The Woods" but another film from MGM, The Woods (2006), was already scheduled to be using that name, so the title had to be changed to "The Village."
M. Night Shyamalan initially had a different concept for the "those we do not speak of" creatures. They were originally conceived to be monsters similar to the rock drawings featured in the movie trailers: similar to lions walking on their hind feet, complete with shaggy manes. When the creatures were built to full scale and brought on set, Shyamalan felt that the design was completely unbelievable. The creatures were quickly redesigned, most noticeably with the addition of the red cloak.
The inspiration for the story comes from two unlikely sources: "Wuthering Heights" for the period drama, and King Kong (1933) for the community living in fear of predatory creatures.
Local Chadds Ford artist Andrew Wyeth's works were used as inspiration for the look of the film. In fact the house shared by Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver was a copy of the one that appears in a Wyeth watercolor painting titled "Open Shed."
Edward and Tabitha Walker actually have five daughters. Kitty and Ivy are the oldest. When Ivy is singing to Kitty Edward and Tabitha are watching from the doorway. Edward is holding one daughter, Tabitha is holding another, and the third is standing between them. The three girls can also be seen during the raid on the village by the creatures. When they are in the cellar, Kitty is holding the baby and the other two are nearby.
Kirsten Dunst was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard after dropping out to star in Elizabethtown (2005). Dunst and Howard later appeared together in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Ashton Kutcher was originally cast as Noah but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Second collaboration between Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones, and M. Night Shyamalan after previously working together on Signs (2002).
Alice Hunt tells her son Lucius, played by Joaquin Phoenix, that he reminds her of a colt. In real life, Phoenix was named "The Colt" by Vanity Fair Magazine in 2001.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: William Hurt and Adrien Brody; and four Oscar nominees: Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Eisenberg, Joaquin Phoenix and M. Night Shyamalan.
Bryce Dallas Howard (Ivy Walker) and Cherry Jones (Mrs. Clack) later appeared in the show Black Mirror, Nosedive.
William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver also appeared in Eyewitness (1981) and Vantage Point (2008).