In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.
|乔治·桑德斯 (George Sanders)||饰||Gordon Zellaby|
|芭芭拉·谢莉 (Barbara Shelley)||饰||Anthea Zellaby|
|Michael Gwynn||饰||Major Alan Bernard|
|劳伦斯·奈史密斯 (Laurence Naismith)||饰||Doctor Willers|
|John Phillips||饰||General Leighton|
After a series of establishing shots of a village in rural England, we switch to a study where Gordon Zelleby (George Sanders) is making arrangements by phone with his brother-in-law, Alan Bernard (Michael Gwynn) to come down for the day. In mid-sentence Gordon collapses to the floor.All through the town people have collapsed or passed out. Cars crash, phones ring unanswered. The local bell tower shows 10 minutes to 11.Alan, who an officer in the British army, reports to his superior that something strange seems to have happened in the village of Midwich, he asks permission to leave early. He …
- 声音混合： Mono (Westrex Recording System)
- 纵横比：1.85 : 1
|发行公司||Metro (1961) (Theatrical) (Norway)|
|Warner Archive Collection (2018) (Blu-ray) (United States)|
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- Originally begun in 1957 as an American picture, writer 斯特林·西利芬特 said he wrote it with 罗纳德·考尔曼 in mind, but at the time producer Milo O. Frank Jr. was saying he wanted 格伦·福特 to star. M-G-M had this scheduled US filming for Spring 1958 and Spring 1959 and postponed both times. Coleman was gravely ill and housebound, dying soon after the script was completed, in an odd twist, his replacement was 乔治·桑德斯, who had recently married 贝妮塔·休姆, Colman's widow. Glenn Ford was one of MGM's few contracted big-named stars at the time and was in high demand for other MGM projects.
- Based on the 约翰·温德姆 novel, "The Midwich Cuckoos". The title refers to the fact that when cuckoo birds lay eggs, they deposit them in the nests of other (unsuspecting) birds, who then raise the cuckoo chicks as their own. Compounding the insidious nature of this process, the cuckoo chicks often kill their nestmates in competition for food and parental attention.
- The eerie effect of the children's glowing eyes was created by matting a negative (reversed) image of their eyes over the pupils when they used their powers. The British print of the film contained no optical effects as the British Board of Film Classification considered them too frighting for an 'A' classification.