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"Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned" R1

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by the_pauley, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. the_pauley

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    Just received the above 2 on 1 from DVD Soon a few days ago. Watched "Village..." tonight and was surprised to see for the first time ever, glowing eyes on the alien children, just like in the John Carpenter remake.

    In addition, over the image of the burning building in the very final shot of the movie, we see pairs of disembodied glowing eyes rising out of the flames and flying into the darkness.

    Neither of these effects were in the movie that I have owned on VHS (recorded from the Beeb) since the early '80s. To be honest the added "glow" is less creepy than the actual stare of the childrens' own eyes on the UK prints. The filmakers assembled the creeepiest looking cast of children ever, all with huge dark eyes with an incredibly intense gaze. Scary enough with no SFX needed.

    However when I switched to the audio commentary for enlightenment, the narrator stated that "...some scholars believe that the glowing eyes do not appear on British prints of the movie, but I do not believe this to be true..."

    He repeated the same disbelief regarding the eyes emerging from the fire.

    So much for "expert" commentaries, eh? :rolleyes:

    Still this does resolve the argument in recent years in SF / Movie circles with one camp adamant that the eyes glowed and the other equally adamant that they did not. Seems it all depends on whether the broadcasters showed a British or US print of the movie.

    But that minor quibble aside - an excellent value package of two fine examples ("Children..." is an excellent sequel) of vintage British SF.

    And all for tuppence from DVD Soon! :smashin:
     
  2. Joe Pineapples

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    notice that they also used the glowing eyes in the send up done in a Simpsons episode - the childrens voices in that were also quite spooky, but hilarious at the same time :smashin:
     
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    yep, can't wait to watch the disc at weekend!!
     

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