Children of the Damned 1963

Children of the Damned

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The United Nations conducts a global survey on child development, identifying six children with exceptional intelligence. All were born under mysterious circumstances, with the mothers claiming they were conceived without a father. Brought to London to be studied, the children escape to an abandoned church. Alarmed by the children's telekinetic powers, the government prepares to destroy them, while psychologist Col. Tom Lewellin (Ian Hendry) tries to convince the authorities to spare them.

Cast & Crew

Ian Hendry
Col Tom Llewellyn
Alan Badel
Dr. David Neville
Alfred Burke
Colin Webster
Sheila Allen
Diana Looran
Frank Summerscale
Mark
Ben Arbeid
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Lawrence P. Bachmann
Executive Producer
John Briley
Writer (Screenplay)
John Wyndham
Writer (Novel)
Davis Boulton
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Critic Reviews for Children of the Damned

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Audience Reviews for Children of the Damned

  • Nov 01, 2020
    Solid re-interpretation of Village of the Damned a film made four years earlier. This version has bigger intentions, serving as an allegory to Christianity. Interestingly (SPOILER ALERT), the children are killed in the end because of a mistake made by a member of the military. The film's ending can be mis-interpreted because a line of dialogue has been edited out of the versions I've seen on American TV.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2014
    Hugely inferior sequel.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    This sequel to the superb Village of the Damned is pretty average considering the original Sci Fi horror film is such a chilling, effective and memorable horror film. Using Cold War propaganda, as this was made at height of the Cold War, Children of the Damned fails to establish anything effective in the chill factor. The film is good, not excellent, and considering that this is a sequel to Village of the Damned, it fails in that respect. Instead of an eerie atmosphere, the filmmakers relies more on a poorly constructed moral message in the films plot, and that just doesn't do. The film kind of reminded me of the original Sci Fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still, only this time around the message the film tries to pass along to the viewers is pretty silly, ineffective and it ruins a potentially good sequel. Unfortunately the films "horrifying" moments don't work, not like the first, and as a sequel, it's yet again a film that fails to capture the essence of the original film. A pretty ordinary sequel with nothing that really terrifies the audience. I thought the film had its decent moment, and no it's not a bad film, but considering that the first was so chilling, and cleverly built up to its horrifying conclusion, this film is a let down. The cast on the other hand delivered good performances, which redeemed the film significantly, but it wasn't enough to save this film from being an average sequel. Good idea, but average execution. This is a film that the filmmakers could have taken more time to develop a better plot to.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    Creepy bugger of a film....loved it.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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