Village of the Damned

Village of the Damned

Wolf Rilla (1960)

74min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Twelve women give birth to blond alien offspring after a strange force puts their community into a trance, in this remarkably faithful adaptation of John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos. In a film that is compelling, creepy and often unbearably tense, an icy George Sanders becomes their teacher and then tries to halt their world domination plans. Superbly acted, with the human/family side of the horror unusually explored more than the fantasy elements, this British near-classic is a sci-fi treat and remains so, even in the face of John Carpenter's weak remake starring Christopher Reeve, which bypassed cinemas and went straight to video in this country.

Summary

The residents of a sleepy English village are mysteriously placed in a trance for 24 hours - and when they awake, many of the women are pregnant. However, the children that are born prove to be alien beings with advanced telepathic powers that allow them to control people's minds. sci-fi thriller adapted from John Wyndham's classic novel The Midwich Cuckoos, starring George Sanders, Barbara Shelley and Michael Gwynn.

Cast & Crew

Gordon Zellaby George Sanders
Anthea Zellaby Barbara Shelley
David Martin Stephens
Major Alan Bernard Michael Gwynn
Dr Willers Laurence Naismith
Harrington Richard Warner
Mrs Harrington Jenny Laird
Evelyn Harrington Sarah Long
James Pawle Thomas Heathcote
Janet Pawle Charlotte Mitchell
Director Wolf Rilla
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: DVD
Drama