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Thursday, March 18, 2010

CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED (1964)


This follow-up to VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED/’60 largely misses the banal/everyday quality that helped make the first film such an unsettling sci-fi thriller. In this one, six new super-gifted alien children are brought to London to be studied, tested, fought over by government agents and coveted by military types. Their strange powers make them invaluable to each group, but the creepy kids want none of it. They manage to find temporary refuge in a condemned church, but they are soon under siege and a disastrous outcome looks inevitable. It’s standard horror pic stuff for the era with spooky camerawork, chilling music, scientists with foreign accents and an incompetent military . . . all the usual suspects. Not bad for its type, but the earlier film is special.

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