Sunday, October 16, 2011

31 Days of Halloween - Day 16 - Movie 1

I've decided to continue yesterday's double bill of The Thing with another pair of movies about aliens among us, both starring Barbara Shelley. First up is Village of the Damned (1960).

A strange phenomena occurs in the town of Midwich that causes every living thing within a certain radius to fall asleep for several hours. Everyone wakes up with seemingly okay, only every woman of child bearing age discovers that they are pregnant. The pregnancies are accelerated as is the development of the children after they are born. The children are all similar in appearance and oddly placid with advanced intelligence, a hive mind, and some serious powers of mental persuasion. The children are believed to have been seeded to earth via an energy transmission from space, but to what purpose, and how do you go about destroying a group of children who can read your mind?

Village of the Damned is a science fiction classic full of some really good performances and some creepy kids who dress and look like the world's youngest mod band. If you haven't seen it, you should.

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