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This review is from: Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned (DVD)
This original black and white version of Village of the Damned is one of my all-time favorites. It stands head and shoulders above most of the other entries from this era by avoiding the pitfalls the others fell into.
The film is unrelenting in its bleakness, and there is not one second of humor to relieve the tension that slowly builds to the film's climax. Yet it is subtle and unpretentious, and the performances are understated and convincing. I consider this to be among the finest appearances by George Sanders; say what you will about him as a person, he was perfect for the part of the father in Village.
This film is uncompromised by sentimentality, and there are no punches pulled in any scene, least of all the climax. That being said, the director never stoops to resorting to gore or gratuitous violence, but prepare yourself for a very unsettling experience.
Village of the Damned is far superior to its sequel (as is almost always the case) as it is to most other films of the same genre and period. It is also much better than the remake with Christopher Reeve, although the newer film is better than I expected.
If you're looking for a feel-good, lighthearted film watching experience, look elsewhere. But if you love well-made classic science fiction, this is one to add to your collection.