Village of the Damned (1960 film)

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  • Village of the Damned (1960 film)
  • Children of the Damned (1964 film)
  • Village of the Damned (1995 remake) (John Carpenter)

Summary

Based on John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos. One day the peaceful village of Midwich is cast into a mysterious sleep for several hours, but with no obvious consequences, until soon all the women of child-bearing age turn out to be pregnant. Their children are all born at the same time, and grow quickly into very spooky young people, with strange white-blonde hair and eerie eyes.

Details

  • Release Date: 1960
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction, black-and-white
  • Runtime: 1 hr 17 min
  • Starring: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens
  • Director: Wolf Rilla
  • Writer: John Wyndham (original story)
  • Producer/Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios
  • View Trailer: (1960), (1964 sequel), (1995 remake)


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MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (none) (probably equivalent to "PG" for the scary subject matter and generally off-screen violence)

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A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian)

Not particularly "Lovecraftian", though the story's "colonies" of human children with alien minds really aren't much different in effect from Lovecraft's stories in which wizards and aliens transfer their minds into the bodies of their victims to steal their bodies. Similarities might also be drawn to those part-human children who have been "begotten" on human families by the intervention of the likes of Yog-Sothoth, Arthur Machen's Little People, and other such beings or forces....


Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED: One day the peaceful village of Midwich is cast into a mysterious sleep for several hours, but with no obvious consequences, until soon all the women of child-bearing age turn out to be pregnant. Their children are all born at the same time, and grow quickly into very spooky young people, with strange white-blonde hair and eerie eyes.

CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED: The United Nations conducts a global survey on child development, identifying six children with exceptional intelligence. All were born under mysterious circumstances, with the mothers claiming they were conceived without a father. Brought to London to be studied, the children escape to an abandoned church. Alarmed by the children's telekinetic powers, the government prepares to destroy them, while psychologist Col. Tom Lewellin tries to convince the authorities to spare them.


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