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Village of the Damned (1960)

Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 December 1960 (USA)
In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

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General Leighton
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Sir Edgar Hargraves
Jenny Laird ...
Mrs. Harrington
Thomas Heathcote ...
Mr. Harrington
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Richard Warner ...
Harrington
Sarah Long ...
Evelyn Harrington
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Janet Pawle
Pamela Buck ...
Milly Hughes
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Miss Ogle
Susan Richards ...
Mrs. Plumpton
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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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Tody this village...tomorrow the world...what is the fate of the human race! (original print ad) See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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7 December 1960 (USA)  »

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The Midwich Cuckoos  »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The blond wigs the children wear had a built-in dome to give the impression they had a larger-than-normal cranium size. See more »

Goofs

Just before the credits, there's a long crane shot which ends in the trees. It's obvious that the crane snagged a branch on its way up, because a branch suddenly snaps into the frame. They follow the shot with a brief view of other branches waving around, as though to cover the mistake...but the first branch was *not* blowing in the wind. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Village of the Damned (2016) See more »

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Excellent Stuff...
30 October 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

at least if you're a science fiction and horror fan. There's a great build-up here and a very satisfying climax. This has a wonderful eerie feel reminiscent of the feeling one gets watching "the original Outer Limits". The story feels a little bit more like "the Twilight Zone" however with the questions of morality, right and wrong it raises. This film might not appeal as widely to non-genre fans but it's classic great stuff for the fan. Best scenes involve the eyes--it's a very effective nightmare when it's your own children who are the evil ones(or are they?).


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