Children of the Damned (1964) [review]

Do not let the fact that this is a sequel put you in the mindset that it is a lesser film than the original. This is a rare occasion which we find a follow up just as entertaining and thought provoking as the previous film.

In an odd way there is coldness to this film, not to say that it is off putting, maybe it is the fact that this is set in a big city rather than a small village, and the characters are less warm towards each other. These characters only know each other because they have been brought together due to the situation, rather than being part of a community who already knew each other before hand.

When it comes to mothers and their child in this film, we’re not given much time with the parent, and therefore we feel very little for the mother. The one family member we do get to spend any significant time with is a aunt who, whiling being a caring type, is not; obviously a parent and does not have the bond with any of the children.

This film also does not give us time to see the children from birth, but, from school going age. All schools being tested for any children who may be gifted, which lead those looking, finding children similar to those in the first film. This of course does not let us see the children grow and developed, throwing us in at the deep end with the characters that discover them.

This film nicely builds on that which the first film offered us, what we thought we knew and understood of the children. We already have our thoughts and theories on what we may think of this group of children, therefore, this film deals with the deceit, greed, religion, politics and the idea that governments would rather have the wealth of war than peace; than people and countries connecting with one another; learning and appreciating what the other has to offer.  Those in government do not seem to be able to understand what they are dealing with or cannot look beyond their own selfish ways.

The children; when asked what they want answer with the simplest of ideas, maybe the most obvious but wisest… of not knowing what they want. The children do not care which country they are from, what colour, class, and sex or sexuality of the other children. They simply treat each other with respect … Something which those studying and wanting to control or deal with them, cannot and do not seem to comprehend.