VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED REVIEWED
“Village of the Damned” represents that high point in British Sci-Fi and Horror. Whether it be Triffids or Dead-Eyed Blonde Children, British terror films shared a common ground. They were scared to death of invasion by some outside force. Coming out of World War II, it was easy to see why this was a shared fare for the United Kingdom. After all, a generation before was spent fighting off the Nazis’ attempts to invade.
So, when their literature and films add a fantastical element to it…it’s not hard to draw a direct line. That being said, I wish that director Wolf Rilla got to helm bigger projects. The choice to visually depict the mental attacks of the Damned are still second-to-none. Hell, I even enjoy the weird camera cuts between the women that became pregnant.
The film plays rather short at 77 minutes, yet not a scene is wasted. I miss an era where economy of terror was on full display. If you’re a fan of this one, I’m not sure what to tell you. The direct sequel is a bore and the Carpenter remake is one of his lesser movies. At least, the Carpenter version had pretty strong performances from Christopher Reeve and Mark Hamill. That counts for something…right?
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO