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Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned (2004)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027JYMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,242 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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What's scarier than scary kids? Village of the Damned is the definitive scary-kid classic, a truly unsettling film drawn from John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos. The brilliant opening sequence depicts the sudden and temporary paralysis of a small English hamlet, which is followed by the town's women becoming mysteriously pregnant. The spawn of this occurrence are a dozen eerie, blond-headed children, who are either gifted, evil, or "the world's new people." A splendid outing, not least in the way it catches parental anxiety about this small new stranger in one's home. (It was remade by John Carpenter in 1995.)

Children of the Damned follows up with a story about six more creepy kids, brought from all over the globe to huddle in a old church in London. An excellent opening half-hour gets bogged down in the movie's global-political ambitions (it's very much a cold war offering), but it has its share of shivery moments--the sight of the six youngsters striding down a London street as though they controlled the world is a chiller. But where's the blond hair? The two films are different in tone; Village feels like a fifties sci-fi offering, with an old-school star (George Sanders) and classical style; Children is a film of the sixties, with hipper techniques, urban setting, and young actors Ian Hendry and Alan Badel. But both have those damned kids. --Robert Horton

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Innocent-looking children in a small English community prove to be aliens with demonic powers let loose upon the Village of the Damned (George Sanders, Barbara Shelley. 1960/b&w/78 min.), and six psychic, super-smart children from the original Village are pursued by a psychologist and the rest of the inferior" human race in the sequel Children of the Damned (Ian Hendry, Alan Badel. 1964/color/90 min.). NR/widescreen.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last--It's the Village, People! January 6, 2005
A cool double-feature DVD from Warner Home Video.


As with INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) before it, 1960's VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED is a cold-war allegory that uses extraterrestrial infiltration to represent Western fears of Communist invasion. Even so, this flick is still one of the best SF thrillers ever made, and it has become one of the SF cinema classics.

When a group of albino children born under mysterious circumstances begin to demonstrate superhuman mental prowess, they come to be viewed by their community and the military as a threat to the survival of mankind. Though faithful to the novel on which it is based--THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS by Brit SF author John Wyndham--the film is in many ways more frightening, mainly due to simple but effective special FX and outstanding performances from adult leads George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, and Michael Gwynn and from child actor Martin Stephens. Indeed, the unusually reserved and sympathetic performance from Sanders--well known in England at the time for his over-the-top portrayals of villains or cynical antiheroes--makes the film's climax extremely dramatic and affecting.

Caveat: Avoid John Carpenter's far inferior 1995 remake.


1963's CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED was originally marketed and is still often regarded today as the sequel to the 1960 classic VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. However, the second film's script diverges so drastically from the characters and premise of the first that it is not, in actuality, a continuation of or branch-off from the same narrative--super-intelligent children are the only common story element.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Nix Pix
"Village of the Damned" is the 60s sci-fi classic steeped in paranoia and set in England's Midwich. It seems that this picturesque district was visited by aliens who secretly impregnated the town's human women. Suddenly, blonde haired clone like boys and girls begin to pop up all over the countryside. These glowing-eyed humanoids have but one purpose - to use their intellectual superiority as mind-control over the adults in order to conquer the world. Top billed are George Sanders and Barbara Shelley as Gordon and Anthea Zellaby. Gordon is first to recognize that the town's children are not what they seem. But will he be in time and of enough strong will to stop this slow plague of brainwashing? The chilling screenplay by Stirling Siliphant (based on the novel, "The Midwich Cuckoos") and nimble direction by Wolf Rilla builds to a climax of unsettling terror that even today holds audiences spellbound. This classic film comes as a double feature with its sequel "Children of the Damned." Moving the location from countryside to a London school for the gifted, a professor (Alan Badel) assembles high I.Q. moppets from around the world for an intellectual experiment that goes horribly awry. The sequel has its merits but it lacks in the visceral and unsettling terror associated with the original. In 1995 "Village of the Damned" was remade by scare-master, John Carpenter with Kristie Alley and Christopher Reeve - but with decidedly predictable and less than stellar rewards.

Warner's DVD is outstanding. The image is remarkably clean, with a very solid and beautifully rendered gray scale, deep blacks and excellent contrast levels. Fine details are fully realized. There is a total lack of edge effects and other digital anomalies for an exceptionally smooth visual presentation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Why are you here?" July 3, 2005
The answer that the Children of the Damned give to that question is the most interesting.

There are only four years between the classic British horror film Village of the Damned (1960) and the sequel, Children of the Damned (1964), but when you watch both movies you see that there's at least a decade (maybe a whole generation) separating them.

Children of the Damned is one of those rare horror sequels that has more ideas in it than the original (like The Rage: Carrie 2, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, and Vampires: Los Muertos, for instance, all of which are worth seeing).

Village is an old-fashioned fifties movie; Children is a modern sixties film.

Village is a rural story; Children is urban.

Village has blond alien children who all look alike; Children shows a multiethnic and multinational group of children with different skin colors and languages but the same Mind.

Village is the story of an alien invasion; the Children are "genetic sports" that may be the next step in human evolution - - not Them, but Us.

The "Midwich Cuckoos" in Village of the Damned are a murderous threat to the adult humans around them; The Children of the Damned are the victims, not the aggressors.

In Village, the worst threat from the children is to the "natural" family (father, mother, child); In Children there are no "natural" families except for the one the Children make to protect themselves.

In the Cold War 1950s in the Village of the Damned, authorities in Great Britain (the freedom-loving West) at first only want to study the children, but they receive word that "behind the Iron Curtain" Communist leaders with no regard for human life have tried to massacre "their children" when they couldn't be controlled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing for Its Fine Script and a Bravura Job by George...
The VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED was a big improvement over the book, The Midwich Cuckoos. So nice it is to have it in DVD form. I have not watched CHILDREN yet. I hardly recall it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Douglas B. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST A CLASSIC
This is a classic Sic-Fi. The originals are the best. There is no substitution.
Published 2 months ago by King Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!!!
Always a Classic!!!
Published 2 months ago by Debra Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary!!
I remember this movie from when I was a child. It was scary then and still is today!! The newer one with the late Christopher Reeves was a really good remake. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars scary movie
I enjoyed both of the movies, but still like the original, "Village of the Damned " the best! They are both psychological thrillers of which I enjoy!
Published 4 months ago by "old movie finatic"
4.0 out of 5 stars classic horror
the remake of this doesn't do it justice, this is suspenseful and creepy, with an old school horror vibe. a must see for all classic horror buffs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Green Goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars great old movie
these kids were demonds and i loved yelling at the tv whe i watch it, the village of the damned is the better movie
Published 5 months ago by martin greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Add these to your collection -- I did.
Both of these movies are a blast to own. The best part is the beginning of Village of the Damned. Gets my attention every time.
Published 9 months ago by Old Film Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a good movie
This is a good movie. The kids are creepy and emotionless. Non human. It's good to watch. What else can I say to fill up space?
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-Fi
A classic piece of Sci-fi. Well acted and an interesting premise. Scarry kids and spooky eyes. The ending disappointed a little.
Published 11 months ago by Cristy Claus Schoob
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