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Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned (1960 - 1963)  link to Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned on IMDb

Number: 704

cover Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned

IMDB Rating: star star star star star star star star star star

Country: UK, 167 minutes

Spoken Languages: English

Genre(s): Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery

Director: Wolf Rilla

Cast: George Sanders, Peter Vaughan, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens, Michael Gwynn

Medium: Original DVD

Plot Outline:
Village of the Damned
When a group of albino children born under mysterious circumstances begin to demonstrate superhuman mental prowess, they come to be viewed by their community and the military as a threat to the survival of mankind. Though faithful to the novel on which it is based--THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS by Brit SF author John Wyndham--the film is in many ways more frightening, mainly due to simple but effective special FX and outstanding performances from adult leads George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, and Michael Gwynn and from child actor Martin Stephens. Indeed, the unusually reserved and sympathetic performance from Sanders--well known in England at the time for his over-the-top portrayals of villains or cynical antiheroes--makes the film's climax extremely dramatic and affecting.

Children of the Damned
1963's CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED was originally marketed and is still often regarded today as the sequel to the 1960 classic VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. However, the second film's script diverges so drastically from the characters and premise of the first that it is not, in actuality, a continuation of or branch-off from the same narrative--super-intelligent children are the only common story element. While cold-war issues are still addressed, sympathies are ultimately directed towards the children rather than the adults or society at large, reflecting the burgeoning shift from conservatism to liberalism that was then occurring in the West (and especially the United States).

Comments: Warner Home Video;;UPC012569691827;;;

Loaned: No

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