Village of the Damned (1960) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Village of the Damned (1960) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1960
  • Genre:  Creepy Kid, Sci-Fi Horror, Supernatural Power
  • Cast and crew: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Paré, Meredith Salenger, Mark Hamill, Pippa Pearthree, Peter Jason, Constance Forslund, Karen Kahn, Thomas Dekker, Lindsey Haun, Cody Dorkin, Trishalee Hardy, Jessye Quarry
  • Director:  Wolf Rilla
  • Screenwriter:  John Wyndham, Ronald Kinnoch, Stirling Silliphant, Wolf Rilla

Village of the Damned (1960) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.2 / 10;

Village of the Damned (1960) Synopsis:

An unknown event causes the population of Midwhich, a small British village, to fall unconscious and, when they wake up, discover that all the women are pregnant.

Village of the Damned (1960) Review:

This early piece of horror science-fiction is one of the greatest horror classics from the ’60s.

It is one of the earliest films to feature creepy kids. This type of films is always quite scary but, here, with the weird faces and blond hairs of these strange kids, we get to reach a very high level of creepiness. This in part due to the minimalist but efficient old school special effects. Truly, Village of the Damned remains one of the very few horrors from the ’60s that scares me nowadays. This not really due to the action or the murders, but the heavy atmosphere that seeing these awkward kids creates.

The beginning of the movie is quite astonishing because it shows a village falls unconscious without anyone understanding how and why. What’s happening, and the investigation that follows is really captivating and worthy of the best sci-fi book. The tone of the film remains mysterious for the first half of the film until we finally get to understand what’s happening. The second half of the film brings the real horror… and won’t disappoint even modern viewers. A highly recommended classic!

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