Village of the Damned: Everett Collection
EW Staff
February 27, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Why Martin Stephens and others scares us in ”Village of the Damned”

CLASSIFICATION Mob-Mentality Moppets

CHARACTER David Zellaby (Stephens, far right) and other children of an English village

CHILD’S PLAY Nine months after a mysterious alien force knocks out every resident of Midwich, all the women give birth to near-identical kids — an army of blond, well-mannered children who grow quickly, have glowing eyes, and can bend the wills of adults telepathically.

CHILLING MOMENT After baby David’s mother gives him milk that’s too hot, she’s compelled to punish herself by plunging her arm into boiling water.

WHY THEY SCARE US These polite, conformist children combine the horrors of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Bad Seed, and a Hitler Youth rally.

WOULD PLAY WELL WITH… The kids in the inferior 1995 American remake; the title imps in Children of the Corn (1984) and its many sequels

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