Village of the Damned (1960)

In a small English village everyone suddenly falls unconscious. When they awake every woman of child bearing age is pregnant. The resulting children have the same strange blond hair, eyes and a strong connection to each other.


Those eyes must be great for reading in bed at night.

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Lesson: all yellow-haired, weird-eyed British children have dubious motives

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Based on Apocalyptic writer John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos, Village of the Damned is an eerie piece of science-fiction horror that may or may not read differently today than it did in 1960. Then, I think it preyed more on cuckolding anxiety, as alien babies are born to every woman in the village. Post-partum might have been a part of it, though perhaps not as well understood, though the child as "other" is a common horror trope when you're doing creepy kids. Today, it's hard to ignore the first act's apparent roofying of Midwich's women and subsequent anxiety faced with the impossibility of getting an abortion. And of course, there's the larger theme of parents being replaced by their children, in terms of an alien invasion. From the spooky opening when the village falls silent, to the extremely tense final minutes, the original Village of the Damned is full of effective chills despite its at times procedural plot.

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