Village of the Damned

Synopsis: In the small English village of Midwich everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day. Some months later every woman capable of child-bearing is pregnant and the children that are born out of these pregnancies seem to grow very fast and they all have the same blond hair and strange, penetrating eyes that make people do things they don't want to do.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Wolf Rilla
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
77 min

Good morning.

Would you get me Maj. Bernard

at his Whitehall number?

Thank you.

Hello. Thank you.

Alan? It's Gordon.

Look, you're coming down here today,

aren't you?

Could you pick up a book for me

and bring it with you? It's...




It got cut off. That was my brother-in-law.

Would you try again? I have got to change.

Yes, sir.

Operator, we've been cut off

from Midwich 25.

Would you get it again, please?

Hello, will you replace

your receiver, please?

Please replace your receiver.

- For more than an hour, you're saying.

- Yes, sir.

Perhaps something went wrong

with his phone.

This is what puzzles me.

I have also tried the vicar,

the general stores, and the post office.

I can't get any reply from any of them.

Country telephone exchanges

being what they are.

Yes, I know, sir, but look here.

Midwich is here.

Now 4th Brigade are running that exercise

of theirs all round there.

I don't think there's anything in it,

but I was wondering...

as I was going down for the weekend...

whether I could have your permission

to leave a little earlier.

All right, Alan.

- Give me a ring later. I'll be here till 5:00.

- Thank you, sir.

- Alan.

- Yes, sir?

Have a nice weekend.

Give my respects to Gordon.

I will. Goodbye, sir.

- Hello, Gobby.

- It's Maj. Bernard.

What's happened to the telephones?

I've been trying to get through.

It's funny you should ask, Major.

I've been sent to look for the bus

which hasn't turned up.

We can't get through by phone either.

Here's your bus, Gobby.


Better have a look.

All right, Alan,

get hold of the local Area Commander.

- What's his name?

- Ward Johnson, sir.

Tell him to call me

if he wants authorization.

I'll get things moving this end.

Make sure the newspapers

don't get hold of this for the time being.

If anything has got out of hand there,

we don't want any panic.

Report back

as soon as you have any results.

Right, sir.

Get me South Eastern Command, please.

Over here, Sergeant.

Look, the canary.

- You needn't go in if you don't want to.

- I'll have a go, sir.

- Quite sure?

- Sir.

- What on earth's happening...

- Just a minute.

Hello, Doctor, I'm glad you're here.

We may need you.

- What's wrong with him?

- That's what we're trying to find out.

- Will you take a look at him, Doc?

- Take off the respirator.

Pulse is normal.

Seems to be breathing normally.

I think he's just fainted.

He's coming round.

You better let me know

what this is all about.

- When were you last in the village?

- Midwich?

I left at about 10:00.

Had a couple of patients to see

in Widmarsh.

Now there are road blocks

all over the place.

I've got to get back.

I've got patients to see.

My hunch is that all your patients

in Midwich...

are in the same state as this man.

All right, old chap. Take it easy.

What can it be?

To put a man out like a light,

penetrate our respirators, do all this.

- Some sort of gas?

- No, it can't be.

Any breeze would have blown it

about a bit.

The edges of the area

are as well-defined as that hedge there.


- What did you say?

- Ice-cold.

I'm all right, sir, only cold.

My hands are like ice.

Midwich to Charlie Alpha.

Can you see anything? Over.

Everything looks all right from here. Over.

Let me speak to him.

Hello, Charlie Alpha.

This is Maj. Bernard speaking.

Can you see nothing unusual at all

in Midwich? Nothing moving?

No, sir, nothing.

Matter of fact, that's odd.

Nothing is moving down there.

I can see some people,

but they're not moving either.

They're lying on the ground.

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Stirling Silliphant

Stirling Dale Silliphant (January 16, 1918 – April 26, 1996) was an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his screenplay for In the Heat of the Night, for which he won an Academy Award in 1967, and for creating the television series Naked City and Route 66. Other features as screenwriter include the Irwin Allen productions The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. more…

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