Village of The Damned

Year: 1960

Production: MGM

Director: Wolf Rilla

Starring: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens

Screenwriter: Sterling Silliphant, Wolf Rilla, George Barclay

Based on The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) by John Wyndham

77 minutes; B/W

In this faithful but pedestrian adaptation of Wyndham's novel, everyone in a UK village mysteriously falls asleep for 24 hours. During this period all the women of childbearing age are unknowingly impregnated by aliens. In due course they give birth to 12 strange children who grow very rapidly and possess powers of telepathy and mind control. Some years later it is realized that the children represent an attempt by another planet to colonize Earth, and they are destroyed by the scientist (Sanders) who has been their friend - with difficulty, since the method of destruction (a bomb) has to be mentally concealed from them. The children, with their growing eyes, are the most successful feature of the production; their sangfroid is chilling and seems authentically alien. A virtual remake of this film , this time in an urban setting, was Children of The Damned (1963).

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