Village of the Damned
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Something is seriously amiss in the tiny British village of Midwich. At 11 a.m. one morning, every village resident suddenly falls asleep -- and then, just as suddenly, everyone wakes up, completely unaffected by the phenomenon. Well, not completely: virtually every woman of childbearing years has become pregnant. All the babies are born on the same night, at precisely the same moment. All look the same, weigh the same, and even have the same curious cross-hatched hair and underdeveloped fingernails. Four years later, the children have all prematurely reached the age of nine or so -- and all… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Village is one of the neatest little horror pictures produced since Peter Lorre went straight."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The atmosphere and pace are superbly handled, and the performances of the sinister, inhumanly intelligent 'children' never falter."
‑ David Pirie, Time Out
"One of those little science fiction movies that, once seen (and it's a TV staple) is never forgotten."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Plays on our dread of our children growing up to become Hitler Youth members with amazing superpowers . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Creepy stuff"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"This just tapers off from a taut beginning into soggy melodrama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Compelling, creepy and often unbearably tense."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The script and direction are rather creaky at times, but the children, whose eyes light up menacingly, are excellent."
‑ , Film4
"Those eyes, those screams! Creepy classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Mildly effective sci-fi thriller that suffers from being too restrained."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A strong and subtle horror film from England."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Commie infiltrators? Bastard aliens? Advertisements for the pill?"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Very frightening."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a humanist piece--no lightning bolt restores this society, just the cool light of right reason."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Wolf Rilla builds dread of these strange children through insinuation and mood, and the audience gets the real thing: fear"
‑ Jake Euker,
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