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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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