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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 »
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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:
Aaaaaaaaaaargh!! Those EYES!! See more (92 total) »

Cast

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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
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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
 
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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

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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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47 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Aaaaaaaaaaargh!! Those EYES!!, 21 May 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Village of the Damned is a strongly compelling Science-Fiction highlight and easily of the eeriest movies I ever saw. Although it's a very modest and simply made production, the scary-effect of this film is a lot more effective than some of its big-budgeted colleagues. On a random day, the entire English village of Midwich falls into a trance-like sleep. Completely inexplicably, they awake again seemly normal but two months later it appears that every fertile woman in town got pregnant on the day of the blackout. The newborns show a strange resemblance in looks and – what is even more bizarre – they're telekinetic! Due to their amazing intelligence and emotionless behavior, they form a huge threat and freak out the entire little town. `Village of the Damned' is loyally adapted from John Wyndham's novel `The Midwich Cuckoos'. Throughout the whole film, you don't get much explanation and, as a viewer, you're forced to guess at the mystery's origin. Although highly unlikely, the events in Midwich really are alarming and make you feel uncomfortable. This effect is reached through solid tension and macabre atmosphere much more than through special effects. The eerily lit eyes of the ‘children' are the only real effects but they cause a lot more fear than gallons of blood ever could! Village of the Damned also owes a lot of its power to a terrific casting job. Essentially to achieve the obtained scary effect were the children. Well, they did a good job! The offspring looks alienated almost naturally and their appearance literally chills your blood. The concerned adult in Village of the Damned is excellently played by George Sanders. Sanders was a terrific and shamefully overlooked English class actor who committed suicide in the early 70's. He has a got a few other delightful horror movies on his repertoire like `Psychomania' and `Doomwatch' (both are some of his last films). Village of the Damned is a highly recommended picture that'll certainly keep you close to the screen till the end-credits role. Equally recommended is the (unofficial) sequel called `Children of the Damned'. There's a bit more background in that film, as well as some more explicit horror sequences. The 1995 remake by John Carpenter, however, is rather unexciting and one of the most redundant films ever made. Stick to the original and be scared!

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