Village of the Damned
Village of the Damned (1960)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chilling performances and a restrained, eerie atmosphere make this British horror both an unnerving parable of its era and a timeless classic.

TIME Magazine

Village is one of the neatest little horror pictures produced since Peter Lorre went straight.

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David Pirie
Time Out

The atmosphere and pace are superbly handled, and the performances of the sinister, inhumanly intelligent 'children' never falter.

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Fernando F. Croce

Commie infiltrators? Bastard aliens? Advertisements for the pill?

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Variety Staff

This just tapers off from a taut beginning into soggy melodrama.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

With chillingly effective performances from the children to add to the tension, this is probably the neatest science fiction film yet to have come out of a British studio.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

One of those little science fiction movies that, once seen (and it's a TV staple) is never forgotten.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A strong and subtle horror film from England.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Compelling, creepy and often unbearably tense.

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The script and direction are rather creaky at times, but the children, whose eyes light up menacingly, are excellent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
"Village of the Damned" is a classic horror movie because of its otherworldly, supernatural genre bending. It has severe, Cold War implications, as it… More
Aj V
This is the original Village of the Damned movie! The kids are really creepy, and the story starts out interesting, but the movie looses steam towards the end.… More
Graham Jones
Overall I wasn't very impressed though there are good parts. The last few minutes is really the best part.
Luke Baldock
British horrors used to be so great. Chilling, mysterious, original and unsurpassed by anything today. Village of the Damned is probably what Shayamalan wishes… More
Alex roy
Village of the Damned is an effective and creepy horror film that delivers effective chills. The film uses effective elements to build the horror. The film… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Sci-fi/horror classic that serves as an allegory for the seek of perfection (read nazism) and the consequences it brings. a lot of creepy moments and a very… More