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village of the damned
- kevin sellers
More creepy Aryan kids than you can shake a Hitler Youth poster at. And all done with wonderful British sang froid (i.e. after being paralyzed and then made to witness a suicide by shotgun what does the proper English gentleman and lady do? Why, evening clothes and coffee in the library, of course!) Two good performances also help to lift this film above the typical alien possession fare; Martin Stephens as the lead kid zombie whose voice and general demeanor make you want to send your own kids to boarding school ASAP and George Sanders as the most complicit of the adults who tragically realizes there is only one way out of the mess he's helped to create. On the debit side you've got the great Hammer actress Barbara Shelly being given a nothing role as the (of course) hysterical mother and the directorial pacing by Wolf Rilla is on the slow side (i.e. You don't really need the 10-15 min opening with the temporary blackouts. Better to have started the film on a comic note with a rash of pregnancies in sleepy Midwich.) Give it a B.
First of three
I love the "Damned" movies! It's too bad, though, that "Village of the Damned" and "Children of the Damned" are often shown together, as this week on TCM, but never along with the third film, "These Are the Damned," directed by Joseph Losey with a jazz score and a featured role for Oliver Reed as a scary biker. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0056576/
Off the charts creepy!
English kids are the creepiest. Watch this movie and you will know why.
Well,they do let themselves be known now!Who hasn't been charmed by a kid,take them at their word,when in reality they are manipulative-give me a better grade,I want this,I want that!All isn't innocence in any age of man,so beware if this ever happens for real-child soldiers,recruiting kids for mass destruction!
Village of the Damned
- Lorraine M Yates
I was 11 years old when I first saw Village. I was absoutly wowed by it. I wanted to be one of the "Children". Through the years I've seen it on tv. Finally after 54 years I got to meet Martin Stephens (David) and two of the other twins, Terri and Lesly Scoble. They were all so nice and gave me the experience of a lifetime. I learnt a lot of background info. In May,2013 they had a reunion in the town of Letchmore-Heath where the outside scenes were shot. It was called The Midwich Dayout. (Wish I was there). I met Martin again in 2014.
Village of the Damned
An eerie British chiller. Sanders plays a cold, unfeeling father and resident of a town whose children are psychic, emotionless mutants. The story is modest, if at times corny. Quick-paced and entertaining. I give it a 4/5.
Far Superior To Remake
Genuinely chilling movie.What spooky kids,otherworldly.
A True Classic of Terror and Suspense
Like a few of the other reviewers I saw Village of the Damned at a local movie theater when I was seven years old and had nightmares for weeks. I saw the film again last night and enjoyed it thoroughly. Everything about this movie is elegant and understated, and it can be enjoyed on many levels. Village of the Damned tells the story of a dozen alien-hybrid children born in a picturesque English village who plot to use their strange telepathic powers to take over the world. The wonderful George Sanders is the rich lord of the manor who studies, teaches and protects the children until it is almost too late.
One of the best scifi/horror flix of it's day. I saw this movie when I was seven years old.I have never ever forgotten about it. In it's own simple way,it effectively creeps you out,and leaves a lasting impression. This movie is simpler than movies of today,but it holds it's own because it was masterfully done. A true classic!
Scared the Heck Out of Me
- Movie Lady
When I was 6 years old, the ad for this movie ran seemingly constantly on TV. It absolutely terrified me because the children never blinked. Their eyes just stared. I can't explain why that so upset me; but it got to where when my mother would hear the music for the ad begin, she would tell me to turn around so I wouldn't see the children. Many, many years later, I actually saw the movie and have seen it several times since. I think it is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. I have a soft spot for it despite, or maybe because of, my childhood fear.
I stumbled upon this movie on TCM this morning and I am glad I did! Creepy, scary, suspenseful, really kept me interested. I had never seen it before and now I want to find it on DVD.
Subtly Scary Horror
- Bruce Reber
I have seen "Village Of The Damned" several times and it's one of my favorite horror films. In a small English village nearly every woman gives birth to blond haired kids with strange eyes and supernatural powers, and as it becomes apparent that they intend to rule the world, it's up to George Sanders to save humankind from the evil superkids by blowing them up and himself along with them. It's interesting to speculate where the superkids came from - outer space or the result of secret experiments to create a new superhuman master race. Whatever, "Village Of The Damned" is a very well made SciFi-Horror film. I would also like to see it on DVD soon.
Village of the Damned (1960)
Starts out strong and remains interesting throughout. The great cast does a fine job. Skillfully crafted and very suspenseful. Good direction. Very original in 1960. Excellent.
Beware the Eyes That Paralyze!
Easily one of the scariest Sci-Fi movies ever made, and very expertly written, acted, scripted, directed, minimal (but effective) use of SPFX, rare casting of George Sanders as a good-guy, and a very effective, blood-chilling music-score.From the intelligent, understated and thought-provoking novel by British SF writer John Wyndham (THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS). The European Cuckoo is a bird that lays its eggs in the nest of other species of birds, parasitically. The greedy Cuckoo-chick, when hatched, then eats all the food the host-parent birds can catch, who work themselves to death feeding the Cuckoo-chick, and the Host bird's actual offspring cannot compete with the Cuckoo-chick, and die. The callous exploitation of a natural-proclivity, to rear the young, regardless of appearance is the host bird family's demise. The film explores the questions of the motives of UFOs,and their occupants, and abductions/pregnancies (and this is in the 50s!) and what might happen when we are faced with our evolutionary successors on this Earth. "We are Ape advanced a million years, and from what I've seen, I think we need PROTECTION against Man advanced a million years." Beware the Eyes that Paralyze!
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED still enthralls.
- david lincoln brooks
Make no mistake, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) is a bang-up, first-rate horror/thriller. Ten times more stylish, elegant, moving and genuinely terrifying than any twenty horror films which emerge today. What is especially gripping is the way the horror is not played for drive-in camp, as in so many horror films.... it's played for keeps, in the great traditions of, say THE EXORCIST, DON'T LOOK NOW or NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. How they coaxed such fearsome performances out of those little blond kids-- especially little "David"-- is a great movie-making triumph.