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    Stephen Volk (GHOSTWATCH) was going to adapt THE CHRYSALIDS for the BBC at one point. I've tried to find out who owns the rights to the book and make contact with them, but without success.

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    I love those films, they make a great double bill

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    Although it's many, many years since I read it, I remember that Web was the Wyndham book that disturbed me the most at that time. Another good read was Chocky; quite chilling if you allowed it to get into your head!



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    Anyone know the name of the child actress in Village of the Damned, the one who nearly gets run over by a car?



    In the film, the driver then comes under the influence of the cuckoo kids and drives himself into a wall.



    She still around? Is there a contemporary picture of her somewhere?

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    I'm wondering what ever happened to Eliz. Munden, the female cuckoo who was nearly run down by a car. Martin Stephens in a BBC R 4 production in 2003 mentions someone by the name of Elizabeth, so I'm pretty sure its her. I can find anything on June Cowell, either, although she was an established child actress in the late fifties.

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    Hi, I was one of the Midwich Cuckoos - after 3 hours in makeup and a blond wig even my mother couldn't regognise me ! ! ! I'm afraid that I was not an actor, in fact I was only 6 years old when the film was shot, and therefore don't have any knowledge of the others in the film - I met up with some of them when the BBC got us together a few years ago at the village where it was shot. When the film was released my father, very proudly took me to the local cinema (Astoria in Purley, Surrey) who were very pleased to have a member of the cast there but they would not let me in to see the film as I was too young ! ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter preidel
    Hi, I was one of the Midwich Cuckoos


    Greetings,



    I can't think of anything to say but

    Awesome!



    Do you have any particular memories of the project?



    and if i provide a line of those "damned" children, can you point yourself out?



    cheers

    weary

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    I was 12 or 13 when the film came round the local movie house. My parents didn't want me or my younger brother to go to horror shows. We snuck away one Saturday and saw it anyway. Christamighty, I had nightmares for at least a month! :-) In the early 70s I was stationed in Germany and always wanted to visit Letchmore HEath. Never got the chance though.

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    Somewhere in another thread, which I cannot seem to find, the discussion came up with regard to Martin Stephens' voice in VOTD. If I recall correctly somebody mentioned that it was his own voice.

    I worked at Pinewood Studios in the early seventies in Theatre #5 which dealt with the recording of dialog (post-synch or ADR) and sound effects. Besides meeting a lot of screen actors I also met a lot of 'voice-over' artists. These are actors and actresses that specialise in background crowd voices and more importantly the difficult job of being chosen to replace an actors' voice entirely. This today is fairly well known. But at one time it was publicly avoided to avoid any embarassment that might be inflicted upon the artist in question. Robert Rietty and Nikki Van Der Zyl are two names that spring to mind that are experts in their field. I have worked with both of them on lots of projects that I was involved with in the nearly four years that I worked in the recording theatre.

    There was another actress that we used often by the name of Olive Gregg. She had a very versatile voice and included in her varied vocal range was doing children's voices of both sexes. Her voice was familiar to me at the time but could not place it. She did many films. Unfortunately the only film I can remember that she worked on while I worked there was on Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes". Gregg had to re-voice two characters. One was the leading lady, Genevieve Page. The other was a small role for the old woman in the wheelchair who feeds the canaries.

    Some years later upon viewing VOTD again I immediately realised that Martin Stephens' voice had to belong to Olive Gregg. She may have done other films of his but at the moment without reviewing his other films cannot be sure.

    There usually is a quality in most V.O. actors that one can recognise, regardless of their versatality, from character to character no matter what they do to try and disguise it.

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    I can't see why Martin Stephens voice should have been dubbed in Village of the Damned, I mean, he had a beautiful speaking voice and he sounded okay in The Innocents, which was made shortly after Village of the Damned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Pickard
    Unfortunately the only film I can remember that she worked on while I worked there was on Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes". Gregg had to re-voice two characters. One was the leading lady, Genevieve Page. The other was a small role for the old woman in the wheelchair who feeds the canaries.
    I just looked on Nikki Van Der Zyl's website and in her list of film credits she mentions that she also did voices on 'Private Life' so she may have done Genevieve Page, but I am certain Gregg did the old lady in the wheelchair.



    Thanks for your response Darren. Unless somebody comes up with some hard proof it will remain Martin's voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan
    I can't see why Martin Stephens voice should have been dubbed in Village of the Damned, I mean, he had a beautiful speaking voice and he sounded okay in The Innocents, which was made shortly after Village of the Damned.


    DVD Savant, an excellent source for dvd reviews, once mentioned that an actress's voice was used to dub Stephen's lines in both pictures. I tend to believe it since Glenn Erickson who writes the column is a very reliable and knowledgeable guy as well as being a first-class writer.

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    Well, even if he was dubbed, Reeldigger, what would have been the point? I mean, he could speak quite plainly enough. There would have been no reason to dub his voice.

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    Who wants to second guess the whims of producers but my bet would be in Stephen's case that they were attempting to subtly project something slightly off-kilter in both characters he was portraying. Afterall, he was playing the spawn of interplanetary aliens in VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and a child who was more sardonically knowning in his years (at least in the mind of the Deborah Kerr character) in THE INNOCENTS. They were trying to work the audience on a subliminal level. Very subliminal in my case. I saw both films several times and never picked up on this.

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    I think I know what you're saying, that it had nothing to do with whether he could speak clearly or not, but that they may have been looking for an eeriness in his voice that he didn't possess. Either way, I would find it hard to believe it wasn't him reciting that poem by candlelight in The Innocents, or saying to Deborah Kerr: "It was only the wind, my dear."

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    Another classic old film I can watch again and again. Now I didn’t know it had been released on DVD until I was reading this forum... I have not seen this screened on TV for ages. I know there has been an American remake and whilst it’s okay it’s not really a patch on the original British version.

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    Mention of Village of the Damned in a feature on today's (Tues 18 Aug) edition of 'Womans Hour' on BBC Radio 4* regarding devil children in the movies. The broadcast is re-hearable on the BBC Radio 4 webpage.



    *I get about for Britmovie,you know!

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    The remake by John Carpenter is awful [Sorry John ]

    To me, the original is a masterpiece of Sci-fi !! (even if George Sanders seems a little tired ), but the last scene, with "the mental wall" stuff is amazing, and Sanders too (he woke up at the end ).....



    Moon & Co.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonfleet
    The remake by John Carpenter is awful [Sorry John ]

    To me, the original is a masterpiece of Sci-fi !! (even if George Sanders seems a little tired ), but the last scene, with "the mental wall" stuff is amazing, and Sanders too (he woke up at the end ).....



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    I never saw the remake - the original is very creepy, all those kids with the platinum blond hair and vacant eyes. Satan spawn taking over the world

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    I have just found this thread as I was doing a search and thought I would resurrect it. I love this film. I was only in my teens when I first saw it and frankly it scared the hell out of me. Even when I watch it today it feels strangely menacing. I'm also very fond of the actor Michael Gwynn. The scene of him late in the film where he is in a catatonic state brought on by "The Children" was one of the most haunting images I remembered about the film.



    I have read somewhere that Children Of The Damned was never intended as a sequel and I find that hard to believe. It was certainly a more inferior film by comparison. However, the great casting of actors like Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Alfred Burke, Barbara Ferris and Patrick Wymark made up for the films other shortfalls. One of my favourite actresses Sheila Allen also had a minor role as the mother of one of "The Children". It wasn't really a bad film at all to be fair. Just not a patch on the original. I have never seen the remake of the original film.



    It would be nice to know what happend to those child actors. I don't suppose many of them were actors at the time and so they probably ended up in other types of work as adults. Village Of The Damned was a classic film and definately one of my favourites.



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