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|Contributor||Ian Hendry, Alfred Burke, C, Patrick White, Andre Mikhelson, Harold Goldblatt, Alan Badel, Bessie Love, Sheila Allen, Barbara Ferris, Ben Arbeid, Patrick Wymark, Lawrence P. Bachmann, Ralph Michael, Martin Miller See more|
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Six gifted children are found to pose a threat to the world in its chilling horror story from the makers of Village of the Damned. The Children, who all live in England but are from different parts of the world, are normal in all respects except that they are geniuses with acute psychic powers. They have more in common than their IQ, however: None of them have fathers, and no one seems to know where they came from. When a psychologist (Ian Hendry of TV's The Avengers) attempts to find out more, he unlocks a mystery that could lead to the destruction of the universe.
- MPAA rating : G (General Audience)
- Package Dimensions : 6.69 x 5.35 x 0.39 inches; 2.26 Ounces
- Director : Ben Arbeid, Lawrence P. Bachmann
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Release date : October 26, 2021
- Actors : Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris, Alfred Burke, Sheila Allen
- Studio : BBC
- ASIN : B09GZH83S2
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Six incredibly gifted children with IQ’s off the charts and uncanny abilities including telepathy. None of them have fathers (and, in the case of at least one woman, she was a virgin) and their ability to control others frightens folks enough that psychologist Tom Lewellin (Ian Hendry “Journey to the Far Side of the Sun”) and genetics expert Dave a Neville (Alan Basel “Luther”) are brought in to observe these children who appear to be a threat to the rest of humanity.
Although not quite as powerful as “Village of the Damned”, taunt direction and sharp performances along with a literate often witty script help elevate the film beyond just a variation on the film that inspired this one. Indeed, the author of The Midwich Cuockoos is credited as inspiration for the film. Writer John Bailey (who sadly died in 2019 and also wrote the script for “Cry Freedom”) does a nice job playing with the same themes as in the previous film. The direction by Anton Leader (who would go on to do extensive work in TV with “Star Trek”, “Ironsides” and “The Virginian”) is solid throughout although the deliberate pa ing might be a problem for some folks.
The Warner Archives transfer looks exceptional. I’m not sure what source the WA had to work with but the films looks like it never has; deep dark blacks along with nice definition and depth. The mono audio sounds quite good with little to no distortion.
Special features are limited to an informative commentary track by the screenwriter and the original theatrical trailer.
A well made thriller, “Children of the Damned” doesn’t quite measure up to its predecessor but it’s a very good film.
Still, there are some interesting elements to this film, which takes place in England. There are six children, all from different countries: Great Britain, the U.S.S.R, Nigeria, India, China, and the USA. They look nothing like each other, but they think as one entity and are extraordinarily intelligent, though not particularly empathetic.
Initially, one of them comes to the attention of a geneticist and psychologist, who conduct tests and determine how gifted the child is. This then comes to the attention of the military. As it turns out, five other children like him are all in England at their respective embassies.
The children all meet and unite. A decision is made that initially ends in a standoff between us and them. Then, the military makes a draconian decision. This is followed by a discovery that is made about the children’s origins. All is not what it seems. The fates, however, intervene and the you know what hits the fan. All hell breaks loose.
The film ends in a way that I did not completely understand. I later found that some footage was purportedly cut from the video that would have shed more light on the ending, which a bit enigmatic. I liked parts of the film, but the ending gave me pause. Still, fans of this genre should derive a modicum of enjoyment from this film.