Sunday, October 25, 2015
The Village of the Damned
The small English town of Midwitch is affected by a highly mysterious occurrence: all living creatures are rendered unconscious for several hours at once on the same day. There seem to be no ill effects initially, but a couple of months later it becomes clear that all the women of childbearing age, married and unmarried, are pregnant. There is a lot of fear and uncertainty in the village about the pregnancies, but when the children are born, they appear perfect in every way, with just a few anomalies. However, as time goes by, it becomes clear that these children are very different from their peers, and a potential menace to the entire town.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Based on the date and the trailer, I expected something more campy or B-movie, but instead Village of the Damned is a solid, unsentimental take on its premise. The mysterious kids are thoroughly creepy and the villagers (for the most part) respond in relatively realistic ways to each stage of the action.