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Village of the Damned (1960)

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In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barbara Shelley ...
Martin Stephens ...
Michael Gwynn ...
Laurence Naismith ...
Richard Warner ...
Harrington
Jenny Laird ...
Mrs. Harrington
Sarah Long ...
Evelyn Harrington
Thomas Heathcote ...
James Pawle
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Janet Pawle
Pamela Buck ...
Milly Hughes
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Miss Ogle
Susan Richards ...
Mrs. Plumpton
Bernard Archard ...
Vicar
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P.C. Gobby
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Storyline

In the small English village of Midwich everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day. Some months later every woman capable of child-bearing is pregnant and the children that are born out of these pregnancies seem to grow very fast and they all have the same blond hair and strange, penetrating eyes that make people do things they don't want to do. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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children | english | village | soldier | eye | See more »

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Beware the stare that will paralyze the will of the world. See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 December 1960 (USA)  »

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The Village of the Damned  »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The eerie effect of the children's glowing eyes was created by matting a negative (reversed) image of their eyes over the pupils when they used their powers. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Alan and Anthea are going away, Gordon tells Anthea that the time is 8:15. The cuckoo clock on the wall also shows 8:15 but the pendulum of the clock is not moving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prof. Gordon Zellaby: [on telephone] Good morning. Uh, would you get me Major Bernard at his Whitehall number? Thank you.
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Eerie little thriller
1 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I originally saw this when I was in junior high on late night TV. Those glowing eyes gave me nightmares for weeks! Seeing it now MANY years later, it still scares me. It's very quiet but very spooky. No real on-screen violence, no special effects (with the exception of the eyes) and all talk but never dull. The film is intelligent, doesn't talk down to the audience and handles the subject matter in a very realistic manner. Most people in horror films act like idiots--not in this one! Also some superb acting by George Sanders, Barbara Shelley (as his wife) and those creepy little kids (especially Martin Stephens) helps a lot. Proves a quiet little, goreless film can scare you silly. AT ALL COSTS, AVOID THE 1995 REMAKE!!!!!!! Carpenter's a great director, but you can't remake a great film. See this one!!


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