The Johnsons

The Johnsons or De Johnsons is a 1992 Dutch horror film thriller directed by Rudolf van den Berg. It also known under the title Xangadix. The film was nominated for a Fantasy Film Award at the Porto Film Festival in Portugal. The music composed by Patrick Seymour (The Eurythmics) won an award for Best Soundtrack at the Avoriaz Film Festival in France and at the Imagfic Film Festival in Spain. The movie also received an award for its special effects. It was the last Dutch horror motion picture in the twentieth century and is considered to be one of the best Dutch horror (Netherhorror) feature films of all time, along with De Lift, Amsterdamned and The Human Centipede.

De Johnsons
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Directed byRudolf van den Berg
Produced byHaig Balian, Chris Brouwer
Written byRoy Frumkes, Rocco Simonelli
StarringMonique van de Ven, Esmée de la Bretonière, Kenneth Herdigein
Music byPatrick Seymour
CinematographyTheo Bierkens
Edited byWim Louwrier
Distributed byMeteor Film Productions
Release date
14 February 1992
Running time
103 minutes
Budget5.000.000 Dutch guilders (2.640.681 American dollar)


Victoria Lucas (played by Monique van de Ven) is a single mother who lives with her teenage daughter Emalee (played by Esmee de la Bretonière) in an apartment. Emalee is not normal, having come to life through test tube fertilization, under the assistance of Dr. Johnson. The doctor has not only made Emalee, but in secret also used the eggs of Victoria to make seven boys.

When Emalee is 14 years, her mother takes her on a camping holiday in the Biesbosch. From her 14th birthday, Emalee begins to suffer from nightmares, about seven identical men that are willing to do anything to fertilize her to fulfill a dark prophecy.


  • Monique van de Ven as Victoria Lucas
  • Esmée de la Bretonière as Emalee Lucas
  • Kenneth Herdigein as Professor Keller
  • Rik van Uffelen as de Graaf
  • Otto Sterman as vader Keller
  • Olga Zuiderhoek as Angela
  • Nelly Frijda as Tante van Peter
  • Miguel Stigter as Johnson 1, Bossie
  • Diederik van Nederveen as Johnson 2, Dakkie
  • Erik van Wilsum as Johnson 3, Tellie
  • Marcel Colin as Johnson 4, Droppie
  • Kees Hulst as Jansma
  • Nathan Moll as Johnson 5, Kniffie
  • Jan-Mark Wams as Johnson 6, Koppie
  • Michel Bonset as Johnson 7, Kurkie


The film's title is a reference to the surnames of the seven brothers, all born with the help of the American doctor Johnson. Originally, the idea of the movie "First Blood" called, referring to the first time that the character Emalee menstruates.


In 2017 directors Bram Roza and Yfke van Berckelaer made a documentary about this obscure Dutch horror film called XANGADIX LIVES!

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