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Year
1960
Runtime
77 min.
Director
Wolf Rilla
Genres
Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
6,684
Checks
3,423
Favs
145
Dislikes
20
Favs/checks
4.2% (1:24)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. Warrison's avatar

    Warrison

    Those eyes must be great for reading in bed at night. 5 years 4 months ago
  2. fonz's avatar

    fonz

    Lesson: all yellow-haired, weird-eyed British children have dubious motives 5 years 10 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    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. 1 year 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #92 in BFI's 100 Science Fiction Films
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  2. This movie ranks #140 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  3. This movie ranks #167 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
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  4. This movie ranks #562 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
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  5. This movie ranks #957 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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