Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Village of the Damned (1960)

A creepy little horror flick from England based on John Wyndham's 1957 novel The Midwich Cuckoos. In the village of Midwich all the inhabitants inexplicably blackout for a period of five hours. They wake up unharmed except that every fertile woman in the village is impregnated. When the children are born they turn out to be creepy little blonde Nazis with the ability to read minds and the ability to control adults. George Sanders plays a man initially curious and supportive of the other-worldly children, but also the man who must eventually save the day. All in all, a suspenseful film, and a great example of the stiff-upper-lip British horror film. While these children are ravaging the village, the villagers always dress impeccably, drink tea at the proper hour, and thoroughly and calmly analyze the situation.


  1. John Wyndham was one of my favourite authors growing up. If you haven't already Pete, you should check out Day of the Triffids. And I bet you already know this, but John Wyndham was a nom de plume. His full name was John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. A bit of a mouthful really! Cup of tea vicar?

  2. I've read Day of the Triffids but never The Midwich Cuckoos. And why have two names when you can have five?