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

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Director:
Writers:
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) &
Wolf Rilla (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 December 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes? See more »
Plot:
In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A great classic thriller, unfortunately overshadowed by the spectacular psychological thriller released the same year - Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Sanders ... Gordon Zellaby
Barbara Shelley ... Anthea Zellaby
Martin Stephens ... David Zellaby
Michael Gwynn ... Alan Bernard
Laurence Naismith ... Doctor Willers
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

Peter Vaughan ... P.C. Gobby
John Phillips ... General Leighton
Richard Vernon ... Sir Edgar Hargraves
John Stuart ... Professor Smith
Keith Pyott ... Dr. Carlisle
Alexander Archdale ... The Coroner
Sheila Robins ... Nurse
Tom Bowman ... Pilot
Anthony Harrison ... Lieutenant
Diane Aubrey ... W.R.A.C. Secretary
Gerald Paris ... Sapper
Bruno ... The Dog
June Cowell ... The Children
Linda Bateson ... The Children
John Kelly ... The Children
Carlo Cura ... The Children
Lesley Scoble ... The Children
Mark Milleham ... The Children (as Mark Mileham)
Roger Malik ... The Children
Elizabeth Mundle ... The Children
Teri Scoble ... The Children (as Theresa Scoble)
Peter Preidel ... The Children
Peter Taylor ... The Children
Howard Knight ... The Children
Brian Smith ... The Village Children
Janice Howley ... The Village Children
Paul Norman ... The Village Children
Robert Marks ... The Village Children
John Bush ... The Village Children
Billy Lawrence ... The Village Children

Directed by
Wolf Rilla 
 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) &
Wolf Rilla (screenplay) &
Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) (as George Barclay)

John Wyndham (novel "The Midwich Cuckoos")

Produced by
Ronald Kinnoch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Faithfull (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Gordon Hales 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ivan King 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Aylott .... makeup artist
Joan Johnstone .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Denis Johnson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Middlemas .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gordon Daniel .... dubbing editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Howard .... photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Drake .... camera operator
Gerald Moss .... photographer: second unit
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... driver: generator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lee Turner .... continuity
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The blond wigs that the children wear had a built-in dome to give the impression that they had a larger than normal cranium.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The action takes place in the 1950s (some characters are wearing medal ribbons for the Korean War), but all of Major General Leighton's campaign ribbons predate 1939; he has no ribbons for World War Two. He could have retired before 1939, but he would have been far too old to rejoin after the war.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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FAQ

Why was the title changed to "Village of the Damned"?
Where did the children come from?
How did they make the childrens' eyes glow?
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A great classic thriller, unfortunately overshadowed by the spectacular psychological thriller released the same year - Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho., 9 September 2000
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

Village of the Damned is a very well-made thriller that seems to have been overlooked because of the sheer magnitude of its competition - Psycho. Both of these films are testaments to the idea that low budgets are very capable of producing great films. It is not the size of the budget that matters, it is the skill of the filmmakers and the actors. Village of the Damned makes use of a variety of very easily done but also very effective special effects, such as the boundary across which all people and animals lose consciousness, the creepy eyes on those kids, and their hypnotic powers.

The discussion of the exact same phenomenon happening to a few remote towns all over the world does a lot to show what these kids can do, and it increases the dramatic tension of the film as a whole. Cheaply made, but also very well made because a lot of thought was obviously put into it, Village of the Damned is a timeless thriller, even in black and white. When you watch a movie like this, if you are the kind of person who is so superficial about your movies that you refuse to watch black and white films, keep in mind that black and white photography REQUIRES good acting, to put it in the immortal words of Orson Welles. You can't have black and white photography and bad acting, the film would never work. Village of the Damned takes black and white photography and fills it with excellent acting, a fascinating story, and good direction that makes me wonder why this was the only film that Wolf Rilla ever directed.

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