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Village of the Damned

In the recent episode of Doctor Who, the eponymous friendly alien begat a warrior daughter with two hearts just like himself, but who looked like your usual blonde gun-toting earthling heroine.

The concept of the humanoid alien or of genetic hybridisation between humans and aliens seems to hold a deeply rooted fascination (or fear) in the collective psyche or imagination.

The idea of aliens as cuckoos who leave their eggs in human nests is vividly brought to life in the movie(s) Village of the Damned based on the 1957 novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham.

And God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam...

At the start of the Village of the Damned (1960 version), time stands still and everyone in the village loses consciousness like in the fairytale Sleeping Beauty.

Upon awakening, twelve women of child-bearing age eventually discover that they are now carrying a little visitor - all of them are pregnant, including a perplexed virgin.

They all give birth to white haired spooky eyed children who keep to their own elite clique, harbouring a disdain for everybody else. As this reviewer writes, "the Ghastly Progeny turn out to be...straight out of a Nazi eugenicist’s wet dream."

Similar blonde-haired pale-faced children are reproduced at the same time by women in other places on Earth including an indigenous community in Canada and in the Soviet Union.

The Midwich children look human but they grow and learn at an accelerated rate, they read minds, control people’s behaviour, their eyes glow and they appear to be without conscience and to have global domination in their sights.

Dodgy wigs aside, the ‘… of the Damned’ movies are creepy old films.

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