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Village of the Damned (1960)

Beware the stare that will paralyze the will of the world.

Original Title : Village of the Damned
Director : Wolf Rilla
Writer : John Wyndham
Stirling Silliphant
Wolf Rilla
Ronald Kinnoch
Genre : Sci-Fi
Horror
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Ronald Kinnoch
Music : Ron Goodwin
Photography : Geoffrey Faithfull
IMDB ID : 0054443
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Village of the Damned (1960) - Wolf Rilla
 

Starring

┬George Sanders Gordon Zellaby
┬Barbara Shelley Anthea Zellaby
┬Michael Gwynn Alan Bernard
┬Laurence Naismith Dr. Willers
┬John Phillips Gen. Leighton
┬Richard Vernon Sir Edgar Hargraves
┬Jenny Laird Mrs. Harrington
┬Richard Warner Harrington
┬Thomas Heathcote James Pawle
┬Martin Stephens David Zellaby
┬Charlotte Mitchell Janet Pawle
┬Keith Pyott Dr. Carlisle
┬John Stuart Prof. Smith
┬Bernard Archard Vicar
┬Sheila Robins Nurse
┬Peter Vaughan Const. Gobby
┬Tom Bowman Pilot
┬Susan Richards Mrs. Plumpton
┬Rosamund Greenwood Miss Ogle
┬Sarah Long Evelyn Harrington
┬Pamela Buck Milly Hughes
┬Alexander Archdale Coroner
┬Anthony Harrison Lieutenant
┬Diane Aubrey WRAC secretary
┬Gerald Paris Sapper
┬June Cowell The Children
┬Linda Bateson The Children
┬John Kelly Villager
┬Carlo Cura The Children
┬Lesley Scoble The Children
┬Mark Milleham The Children
┬Roger Malik The Children
┬Elizabeth Munden The Children
┬Teri Scoble The Children
┬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
 

Plot

In the small English village of Midwich everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day. Some months later every woman capable of child-bearing is pregnant and the children that are born out of these pregnancies seem to grow very fast and they all have the same blond hair and strange, penetrating eyes that make people do things they don't want to do.
 

Comments

Eerie little thrille 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 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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