Village of the Damned (1960)
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Lesson: all yellow-haired, weird-eyed British children have dubious motives
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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This movie ranks #92 in BFI's 100 Science Fiction Films
This movie ranks #140 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #167 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #562 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #957 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die