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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Village Of The Damned (1960)

Starring George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens, Michael Gwynn, Laurence Naismith
Directed by Wolf Rilla
(actor & director credits courtesy

The village of Midwich, England is terrorized by a group of youngsters born under mysterious circumstances and possessing the power to read minds and control the minds of others.

A distinguished sci-fi/horror classic based on a novel by John Wyndham, the film features one of George Sanders' top performances and a wonderfully unsettling tone, combining the well-cast children with glowing eye effects and eerie music to convey their danger.  The screenplay is also first-rate, fascinating us with the children while fostering our imagination with what it leaves unsaid.  Also well-photographed and edited, it's a still potent chiller.

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