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Huntsville Library shows 'Village of the Damned' (1960)

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The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library begins a series of 1960s science fiction films with a free screening of "Village of the Damned" on Monday, August 5, 2013, at 6 pm. The program will take place in the second floor events room of the main library.

Directed by Wolf Rilla, "Village of the Damned" is a classic sci-fi horror tale about an English village where a group of strange children are born to local women. George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, and Martin Stephens star as one affected couple and their son, who is the leader of the sinister, blond-haired brood. The film spawned a nominal sequel, "Children of the Damned" (1964), and a 1995 remake, but the original remains the most highly regarded of the group. (Follow the link to read a full review of "Village of the Damned.")

Other films in the "Keep Watching the Skies II" series include "The Time Machine" (1960) on August 12, "Planet of the Apes" (1968) on August 19, and "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) on August 26. Visit the official website of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library for more information about these and other upcoming events. The main library is located at 915 Monroe St. near downtown Huntsville.

Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.