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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

retro trailer: ‘The Village of the Damned’

Take a look back at an old trailer…


Ah, it was the beginning of the subgenre of horror movies about demonic children that would enjoy a solid run in the 1960s and 70. The Omen’s Damien is a direct descendant of the Midwich kids… and so is Jodie Foster’s overly precocious child prostitute of Taxi Driver. These were the dominant pop culture images of kids while Generation X was being born. Is it any wonder we’re such fuckups?

The Village of the Damned is available on DVD in Region 1 from Amazon.com and from Amazon.ca, and in Region 2 from Amazon U.K.



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  • John Carpenter’s remake is so bad. It starts pretty great but just goes way downhill.

  • These were the dominant pop culture images of kids while Generation X was being born.

    Because nobody at all paid attention to all those family-oriented sitcoms like Leave It to Beaver, My Three Sons and The Brady Bunch. Just horror movies.;-)

  • bronxbee

    actually, those were the tv and pop culture influences of the families raising the boomer generation (like disney movie such as “Swiss Family Robinson” and the Flubber movies, etc) not the Gen-Xers like maryann’s… and of course, that was the far more rebellious generation… (boomers, i mean). just a shame that so many of them have wound up being neo-conservative reactionaries… the boomers were the ones afraid of their children… blood sucking little parasites. oh. did i say that out loud?

  • mortadella

    Warren Ellis has an online comic called FreakAngels that sort of picks of where Children of the Damned leaves off. In his story, the kids are about 23-years-old now and they’re more interested in fixing the damage they’ve created, not ruling the world. It’s really good stuff, slightly steampunk too.

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