Village of the Damned

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Village of the Damned

Post  BoG on Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:23 pm

Adaptation of John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos: one day, all the inhabitants of the township of Midwich suddenly keel over unconscious. The entire area is inside some alien null field; any person who enters this field instantly loses consciousness. This lasts for several hours, then everyone inside the field wakes up, none the worse for wear, though there is this feeling of cold (a pilot does die when he is directed to fly too low over the area).  Months later, several of the females in the town are found to be pregnant, all giving birth on the same day. The new children grow at a rate of about twice as quickly as normal Earth children and soon exhibit uncanny powers of the mind. The famous visual is their glowing eyes.

It's also revealed that there were several other spots on our globe that were affected in the same manner - in Australia, Canada, and the Soviet Union. The children in those areas were quickly killed for various reasons; in one affected area in the Soviet Union, the children were actually educated for a time but then the area was nuked after the children's agenda of world conquest was found out. So, that leaves just the British area of Midwich. This was a unique and chilling depiction of alien invasion; we never see the actual aliens, just their hybrid offspring: the children all have striking blonde hair and behave like a group mind, devoid of human emotion. They are obviously more intelligent than most humans, but this intelligence appears to sacrifice aspects of humanity like compassion. Sequel (though the premise was changed): Children of the Damned (1963). Remake in 1995 by John Carpenter. BoG's Score: 7.5 out of 10

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