Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quiet dear, get back to your simpering.


Village of the Damned (1960)

Starring: Stuffy English people, Hysteria, Tea Cosies, Those creepy blonde children with the glowing eyes you see getting spoofed in The Simpsons

The Gist: It’s three years after The Midwich Cuckoos came out and they’ve made the film version. And you thought turnarounds were quick nowadays? Anyway they make a really good stab at it and only take 77 minutes to do so. I know that a short running time isn’t the best praise to heap on something, but it’s a total compliment when you think of Transformers taking almost three hours to do nothing at all very loudly. I like my nonsense short, sharp and to the point thank-you-very-much.

And then what happens?: It’s something that’s been said an awful lot on this blog (and apologies for the repetition) but there’s some kind of process that female characters go through between the book and the film adaptation. Like how in the book they actually make valid points and have personality and seem like, how-you-say, real humans? Then the film just gets them to simper around the place hysterically until a strong man can come along and slap them upside the head. Then they say thank you.

See it for: The creepy children. Though they’re not as creepy as I thought they’d be cause they get dubbed over with adults putting on a weird voice. Not scary, just distracting.

Level of Crazy: 7. Don’t glow your eyes at me, you pervy albino.

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