"The Littlest Master Race"

Films: Village of the Damned (1960), Children of the Damned (1963)

Alias: Various Names

Type: Alien

Location: Civilized Area

Height/Weight: Varies from child to child.

Affiliation: Evil (Midwich spawn), Neutral (Others)

Summary: Children who are wise beyond their years are either the most adorable thing or the most insufferable. However, judging by these tykes, one has to wonder if they're going to use that intellect to help or destroy society as we know it.

History: At some point in time, the world just stopped. Everyone on the planet went limp and unconscious. No reason. It just happened. When everyone woke up, a most bizarre phenomenon kept being reported. Most women wound up pregnant with children ahead of average toddler intelligence by a wide margin. But these children were devoid of almost all emotion, and worse, capable of using telepathy. And to top it off, most of them, particularly the ones in the British village of Midwich, wanted to topple the human race.

Notable Kills: These Aryan coconuts love to make people crash their vehicles into things. Cars, planes, doesn't matter. It's fun to them.

Final Fate: Every team of alien kids we've seen has been blown up in a designated area. A little distraction and boom goes the explosive. However, in terms of the first one, a horde of alien eyes can be seen rising from the desolation. Could it be they're not as coporal as we thought?

Powers/Abilities: Aside from mighty intellect, they have telepathic skills that allow them to control people to do as they wish, as well as communicate collectively.

Weakness: By blocking one's own mind, it takes great strain for them to control you. They also aren't invulnerable to conventional means.

Scariness Factor: 4.5-Somehow, seeing the cold, emotionless stare of a child is nastier than an adult's. Especially if their telepaths and their eyes glow a soulless bright yellow. Still, as shown in the sequel, not all of the children were inherently malicious. They're just so far ahead of civilization that it impeded on their grasp on the subtleties of society.

Trivia: -Pre-production for this film began in 1957, but the project was reportedly shelved for a while due to religious groups being offended by the apparent wrongness of virgin birth. Now you know why this was a British work rather than an American one. Then again, it's a distressing thought to think Jesus was one of the more benevolent alien spawn.

-The original release in Britain removed the glowing eye effect.

Image Gallery

Beware the Na'vi children!

Though emotionless, they still find romance icky.

The brick wall that did them all in.

Would you kill a child?

Back and creepier than ever!

Their aim needs work.

This time, it's not the adults you should worry about.

Just TRY to look away.

Smug little bastards.

At least the invasion is inclusive.

The first emotion they feel all too late...fear.

I'm too busy looking at the game of Musical Chairs that went awry.