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CHILDREN/VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED SET:
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, THE(1960)
CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED, THE(1964)



VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED(1960):

After 60 years, this movie is still one of the best,
eeriest sci-fi movies ever made!! Done in black
and white, the acting is superb, especially the
main child, David!! He literally steals any of the
scenes he's in! There are only two children in
this that even speak! But they do a Hell of a job!!
An absolute must see for any true sci-fi fan!
Very reminiscent of the Twilight Zone genre! A

From an Amazon.com customer:

This moody little sci-fi classic has it all over
the competition when it comes to possessed
tykes with telekinetic powers. Midwich's
mysteriously hatched brood bores into the
subconscious both with their eyes and with
their creepy Hitler Youth-like presence. Based
on John Wyndham's 1957 novel The Midwich
Cuckoos, and starring George Sanders as the
most skeptical of the "miracle" parents,
Village gets off to a rousing start when the
isolated town of Midwich is cordoned off after
some invisible knockout gas descends from
above. A few weeks later, every female of
childbearing age is pregnant. Much anger
and consternation ensue, especially in those
families for which the blessed event isn't a blessing.

Nine months later: a town full of blue-eyed,
golden-haired cherubs with telekinetic and
telepathic powers. The kids mature at an
alarming rate and travel the streets in packs.
Anyone who looks at them sideways meets
with a violent accident. Barbara Shelley,
Sanders's wife, is scolded by her child; a
motorist who is deemed a threat winds up
driving into a wall.

The film is especially refreshing in these days
of computer- generated visual effects. Director
Wolf Rilla, working from a script cowritten by
Stirling Silliphant, generates unease the
old-fashioned way: through clammy atmosphere
and character development. The opening sequence,
in which the military attempts to figure out the
extent of the Midwich epidemic, is especially
unsettling. --Glenn Lovell


Cast of Village Of The Damned, The:

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



CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED, THE(1964):

While not nearly as good as the first incarnation,
Village of the Damned, still this has some merit
to it!! Interesting story as well as some decent
acting, it not as eerie as Village! Too bad too,
I think it could have been another great movie!
Still, worth a watch just for the fact that it's
the sequel to Village and not a terrible movie! C+

From Amazon.com:

I like both versions of Village of the Damned.
The children are eerie and a little scary,
so cold-blooded and cruel. The children in this
movie, six children from different countries
staying in an abandoned church in London, don't
look as eerie and seem to be confused rather
than evil. The small town in the first movie is
also a more interesting environment than the
big city in this sequel.

The acting is quite fair but the screenplay is far
from as good as the one of the first movie.
The cinematography is quite good, but this
sequel should have been better, but it's not a
bad movie, watch this if it is on TV but don't
pay too much to see it. If you have seen neither
of them, watch Village of the Damned, it's
quite much better. I give this movie 6 points
of 10. I wouldn't buy this movie. - Calle

Cast for People Children Of The Damned, The:

Ian Hendry ... Col Tom Llewellyn
Alan Badel ... Dr. David Neville
Barbara Ferris ... Susan Eliot
Alfred Burke ... Colin Webster
Sheila Allen ... Diana Looran
Ralph Michael ... Defense Minister
Patrick Wymark ... Commander
Martin Miller ... Prof. Gruber
Harold Goldblatt ... Harib
Patrick White ... Mr. Davidson
Andre Mikhelson ... Russian official (as Andre Mikhelson)
Bessie Love ... Mrs. Robbins, Mark's Grandmother
Clive Powell ... Paul
Yoke-Moon Lee ... Mi Ling (as Lee Yoke-Moon)
Roberta Rex ... Nina


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