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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 blonde-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:
Eerie little thriller See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Sanders ... Gordon Zellaby

Barbara Shelley ... Anthea Zellaby
Michael Gwynn ... Major Alan Bernard

Laurence Naismith ... Doctor Willers

John Phillips ... General Leighton

Richard Vernon ... Sir Edgar Hargraves
Jenny Laird ... Mrs. Harrington
Thomas Heathcote ... Mr. Harrington

Martin Stephens ... David Zellaby
Richard Warner ... Harrington
Sarah Long ... Evelyn Harrington
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 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 ... Village Child
Linda Bateson ... Village Child
John Kelly ... Village Child
Carlo Cura ... Village Child
Lesley Scoble ... Village Child
Mark Milleham ... Village Child (as Mark Mileham)
Roger Malik ... Village Child
Elizabeth Mundle ... Village Child
Peter Preidel ... Village Child
Teri Scoble ... Village Child (as Theresa Scoble)
Peter Taylor ... Village Child
Howard Knight ... Village Child
Brian Smith ... Village Child
Janice Howley ... Village Child
Paul Norman ... Village Child
Robert Marks ... Village Child
John Bush ... Village Child
Billy Lawrence ... Village Child

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
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Gordon Daniel .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Howard .... photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Drake .... camera operator (uncredited)
Denis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Gerald Moss .... photographer: second unit (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:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:16

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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:
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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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Eerie little thriller, 1 November 1999
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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