Friday, 1 April 2011

The Eyes That Paralyze

Three years after 'Village...' a (sort of) sequel arrived, this time written without a source novel, and grittier and even more downbeat in its approach. 'Children Of The Damned' concerns a group of six eerie, hyper-intelligent kids from around the world who are brought to London to be prodded, probed and generally mucked about with. Unsurprisingly, they don't like the thought of this much and, using telepathy and their massive brains, hatch a plan to get away...

The Children this time are fairly ordinary looking and not so obviously alien, although the silent conversations they hold are pretty unsettling. At times, you even feel sorry for them, caught up in the midst of Cold War games and an uncomprehending, fearful world. It's thoughtful stuff, and extremely well done.

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