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Village of the Damned

Village of the Damned(1960)

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The working title for the film was The Midwich Cuckoos. Prior to the opening credits, there are several scenes in which Midwich animals and villagers, including "Gordon Zellaby," pass out. The opening cast credits differ in order from the closing credits. The European cuckoo bird of the novel's title is known for laying eggs in the nests of other birds, forcing the other parents to raise the young cuckoos at the expense of their own offspring.
       Although no Hollywood Reporter production charts were found on the film, modern sources suggest that it was produced between 1957 and 1958 and shelved by M-G-M until its 1960 release. George Barclay, who is credited with the screenplay, was a pseudonym used by Ronald Kinnoch, who produced Village of the Damned. A December 11, 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Simon Brett to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Portions of the film were shot on location in Letchmore Heath, England.
       M-G-M also produced a 1964 sequel to Village of the Damned entitled Children of the Damned, starring Ian Hendry and Alan Badel and directed by Anton M. Leader (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70). According to an April 11, 1990 Variety article, writer-director Tom Holland planned to remake Village of the Damned; however, it appears this film was not produced. In 1995, John Carpenter directed Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley in a remake of the same title, based on the 1960 screenplay.