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Village of the Damned (1960)

  NR Closed Captioning

Wolf Rilla & Anton Leader

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About the Movie

After a mysterious blackout, the inhabitants of a British village give birth to emotionless, super-powered offspring. As the children grow, their dominance over the town increases until their leader discovers that they are the vanguard of an alien invasion. The cult classic that inspired a sequel ("The Children of the Damned") and a 1995 remake.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Village is one of the neatest little horror pictures produced since Peter Lorre went straight. – TIME Magazine, Oct 21, 2010

Fresh: A strong and subtle horror film from England. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: One of those little science fiction movies that, once seen (and it's a TV staple) is never forgotten. – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The script and direction are rather creaky at times, but the children, whose eyes light up menacingly, are excellent. – Film4, Oct 7, 2013

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Customer Reviews

The original is better than the remake...

As good as the John Carpentar version is, it doesn't compare with the original. This movie is up there with The Haunting and Cat People under great black-and-white horror films that never should have been remade, no matter how good the director of the remake is.


I understand there is a re-make and it is a John Carpenter film. I highly recommend though that you see this one instead. It isn't about action. It wants you to think, you know use your brain. Trust me, you will enjoy it.

A small classic

Until the cheesy ending, this is a classic of black & white sci-fi horror moviemaking. The kids are great and creepy. The sequel's not bad either. The 90s remake is boring and, as usual, way dumbed down. Watch this one instead.

Village of the Damned (1960)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1960

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