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Village of the Damned (1960)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Village of the Damned (1960, UK)

In director Wolf Rilla's scary B-movie horror film (about an alien takeover) - loosely adapted from John Wyndham's 1957 sci-fi novel The Midwich Cuckoos, the tagline asked: "What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes?" It also warned: "Beware the Stare That Will Paralyze the Will of the World." At the time of its release during the Cold War, the film functioned as an allegory for the Communist Scare of the 1950s. It was later remade as John Carpenter's Village of the Damned (1995).

  • in the film's opening during what was dubbed a "time out," a mysterious force-field caused everyone to collapse or fall asleep (or go unconscious) in the British village of Midwich during a mist; an impenetrable bubble was established around the town; later, it was discovered that the same phenomena of spawned mutant children occurred in other places around the world
  • upon awakening, every women of child-bearing age was pregnant, including unwed teenage girls and married women whose husbands were absent; there were many accusations of infidelity and premarital sex, although the children were virginally conceived
  • a group of twelve hyper-intelligent, telepathic, blonde-haired, unemotional, glowing-eyed kids (an alien race) with raised foreheads were born - (all at the same time) - bonded to each other, group-minded, and highly precocious
  • there were odd instances in which residents of the town died under mysterious circumstances (a man pulled a shotgun trigger and blew his head off).
  • in the film's conclusion in the classroom of the brick schoolhouse, resident scientist Professor Gordon Zellaby (George Sanders) faced-off against the deadly-staring, mind-controlling and mind-reading robotic children and their leader - his own son David (Martin Stephens); the children approached the desk where he had set his briefcase (with a bomb, triggered and timed to detonate and kill all of them; David was puzzled and asked: "You're not thinking of atomic energy - you're thinking of a brick wall!"
  • with a sweaty brow, the Professor struggled to concentrate and maintain his single-minded thought - the image of the brick wall in his mind, to prevent the children from learning that he was planning to block his thoughts about destroying them: (voice-over) "A brick wall... a brick wall... I must think of a brick wall... a brick wall... I must think of a brick wall... a brick wall... brick wall... I must think of a brick wall... It's almost half past eight... brick wall... only a few seconds more... brick wall... brick wall... brick wall... nearly over... a brick wall..."
  • a view of the brick wall was superimposed over the Professor's face as his will was perceptably weakened, the childrens' eyes glowed, and the brick wall began to slowly crumble, but the alien children were unable to prevent destruction - the bomb exploded at exactly eight-thirty


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