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October 17, 2011
CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED (1963)
TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
October 2, 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.
½ August 31, 2011
The sequel to the eerie British classic ‚Village of the Damned‚? features the same breed of hypnotic antagonists that this time differ in nationalities. It features two scientists who spend a large portion of the film trying to convince the impassive children to leave the old cathedral they have convened in for no real reason. Apart from an intriguing score by Ron Goodwin, there's not a lot to like here. The urban landscape doesn't work as well as the idyllic countryside setting of its predecessor and it favours OTT set-pieces in favour of far more effective minimalism. The script lacks any back-story or proper explanation as to the children's intentions (which are probably evil, but I'm not quite sure). Thus the execution is poor ‚" with no noticeable motives, there is no real terror induced by these telepathic youngsters; the death scenes shock but they don't frighten. The visual intensity of the changing eyes is underused and the children themselves, varying in appearance, aren't as creepy as the original blond-haired gang. All in all, it leaves a strange feeling of emptiness once finished.

‚Children of the Damned‚? might have been improved if it had a real structure; but then again, perhaps it would have worked better if it were not made at all.
½ July 25, 2011
It's a little preoccupied with its message, but it's a solid enough film and it's very well shot. A decent followup to superior "Village of the Damned."
July 25, 2011
Not as much of a horror film as a sci-fi political thriller, but it works quite well in that vein. If you want the creepy scares, stick with "Village", but if you want more of a compelling message, this one still delivers.
May 27, 2011
Cleverly combines the creepy kid factor with the paranoia of the Cold War. In some ways this follow-up improves on 'Village of the Damned'. Except for the eery mood that the original captured so well.
½ March 21, 2011
Was it me or was this more of a political statement? Didn't enjoy as much as 'village...' but still Watchable
December 15, 2010
as good as village of the damned
October 10, 2010
I prefer this to the originial. While the first was a straight forward genre piece the sequel holds political messages and tends to be much more of a drama-thriller than a horror film. I read all the reviews for the first and then for this and wonder what people see in the original film. It is tame, slow moving, and predictable. The scariest thing is the fact that some of the women are accused of being unfaithful to their husbands when they get pregnant. The sequel avoids the cheesy scares and tells a story with an actual point that left me wondering quite a few things. In my opinion, this one is way better than the previous film was.
½ August 18, 2010
this is a pretty good sequel to village of the damned but not as scary and doesnt have quite the same feel but its a good watch 7\10
August 11, 2010
A truly worthy sequel to The Village of the Damned. Children of the Damned continues to be a creepy kids film, but it uses the basic premise of the film to critique the Cold War strategy of M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction). The children in the film are each from a different country, each of which wants their brilliance to help develop new weapons that will give them an advantage in the arms race. But the children hold together as image of the world living in peace, an image that the film demonstrates to be naively utopian. A brilliant piece of sci-fi horror that should not be missed.
July 18, 2010
a somewhat dull cold war allegory. i was expecting a creepy thriller and it started off well but then it just lost steam for me.
½ April 14, 2010
Creepy and offbeat script with a slightly disappointing ending. Well acted and directed though.
½ March 20, 2010
oh so corny compared to the first one. but it is an ok watch.
March 1, 2010
So sad that they killed the children in both movies!!
DrLappos
Super Reviewer
½ February 3, 2010
Creepy bugger of a film....loved it.
December 13, 2009
This gets a bit of a rough ride but I think it stands up on its own. Well acted, although the ending is a bit muddled.
November 27, 2009
A truly worthy sequel to The Village of the Damned. Children of the Damned continues to be a creepy kids film, but it uses the basic premise of the film to critique the Cold War strategy of M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction). The children in the film are each from a different country, each of which wants their brilliance to help develop new weapons that will give them an advantage in the arms race. But the children hold together as image of the world living in peace, an image that the film demonstrates to be naively utopian. A brilliant piece of sci-fi horror that should not be missed.
October 31, 2009
Undoes everything that was so good in the original and ends up a bit boring.
September 27, 2009
So boring. This sequal was so slow and nothing like the first part.
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