Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned [DVD]

One of the biggest cult favorites of 1960s British horror is paired up with its worthy sequel for this spooky double-feature DVD. Both Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned have been given letterboxed transfers to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which have been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio for both films has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; in addition to their original English-language soundtracks, both movies also feature alternate French-dubbed tracks, as well as optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Village of the Damned includes a commentary track from author and horror film authority Steve Haberman, while Children of the Damned screenwriter John Briley contributes a commentary for that film. Finally, the original theatrical trailers for both pictures are included as a bonus.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Village of the Damned commentary by Chronicles of Terror: Silent Screams author Steve Haberman
  • Children of the Damned commentary by screenwriter John Briley
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Languages: English & Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Children of the Damned
This sequel to the 1960 Village of The Damned falls short of the original well-made Sci-Fi shocker. The pretentious attempt to give the film a moral message severely weakens the plot and serves to confuse the fans of the previous film. Beautiful, strange children with genius IQ's, destructive dispositions, and ray-gun eyes, who were invaders bent on overtaking the earth in the former tale, are now a sample of mankind's future sent to the earth for the purpose of being destroyed in order to teach the present-day warlike man a lesson of some sort. Plagued with a tedious and unimaginative plot. ~ Lucinda Ramsey, Rovi

Village of the Damned
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 behave in a weird, conspiratorial manner, comporting themselves more like adults than kids. Resident scientist George Sanders, one of the fathers, surmises that the bizarre manner of the children -- from their zombie-like movements to their cold, staring eyes -- is the result of radioactivity, possibly extraterrestrial in nature. One thing is certain: the children possess powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. And they must be stopped. One of the most influential science fiction films of the 1960s, Village of the Damned was based on the equally eerie John Wyndham novel The Midwich Cuckoos. The more explicit 1995 remake was widely panned in comparison. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ian Hendry
    Ian Hendry - Col. Tom Lewellin
  • Alan Badel
    Alan Badel - Dr. David Neville
  • Barbara Ferris
    Barbara Ferris - Susan Eliot
  • Alfred Burke
    Alfred Burke - Colin Webster
  • Image coming soon
    Sheila Allen - Diana Looran
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