Village of the Damned

Village of the Damned

Director: Wolf Rilla Cast: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn

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Overview

Something is seriously amiss in the tiny British village of Midwich. At 11 AM one morning, every village resident suddenly falls asleep-and then, just as suddenly, everyone wakes up, completely unaffected by the phenomenon. Well, not completely: virtually every woman of childbearing years has become pregnant. All the babies are born on the same night, at presicely the same moment. All look the same, weigh the same, and even have the same curious cross-hatched hair and underdeveloped fingernails. Four years later, the children have all prematurely reached the age of nine or so -- and all behave in a weird, conspiratorial manner, comporting themselves more like adults than kids. Resident scientist George Sanders, one of the fathers, surmises that the bizarre manner of the children-from their zombielike movements to their cold, staring eyes-is the result of radioactivity, possibly extraterrestrial in nature. One thing is certain: the children possess powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. And they must be stopped. One of the most influential science fiction films of the 1960s, Village of the Damned was based on the equally eerie John Wyndham novel The Midwich Cuckoos. The more explicit 1995 remake was widely panned in comparison.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2018
UPC: 0888574645366
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 744

Special Features

Commentary by Chronicles of Terror - Silent Screams author Steve Haberman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Sanders Gordon Zellaby
Barbara Shelley Anthea Zellaby
Michael Gwynn Maj. Alan Bernard
Martin Stephens David Zellaby
Laurence Naismith Dr. Willers
John Phillips Gen. Leighton
Richard Vernon Sir Edgar Hargreaves
Richard Warner Mr. Harrington
Jenny Laird Mrs. Harrington
Thomas Heathcote James Pawle
Charlotte Mitchell Janet Pawle
Rosamond Greenwood Miss Ogle
Susan Richards Mrs. Plumpton
Bernard Archard Vicar
Peter Vaughan Police Constable Gobbey
Michael C. Goetz Actor
John Stuart Prof. Smith
Keith Pyott Dr. Carlisle
Alexander Archdale Coroner
Sheila Robbins Nurse
Tom Bowman Pilot
Diane Aubrey W.R.A.C. Secretary
Gerald Paris Sapper
John Kelly The Children
Peter Taylor The Children
Brian Smith The Village Children
Paul Norman The Village Children
John Bush The Village Children
Robert Marks The Village Children

Technical Credits
Wolf Rilla Director,Screenwriter
Eric Aylott Makeup
Geoffrey Faithfull Cinematographer
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
Gordon Hales Editor
Tom Howard Special Effects
Ivan King Art Director
Ronald Kinnoch Producer
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter

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