Village of the Damned, 1960


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Letchmore Heath: rail: Elstree & Borehamwood Station, Thameslink, from London King’s Cross Thameslink Station


Close to both Elstree and Borehamwood Studios, Letchmore Heath was earlier featured in the low-budget but creepy 1958 sci-fi The Strange World of Planet X as well as the 1976 film of Ray Cooney farce Not Now Comrade.

Village of the Damned location: Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire

Village of the Damned location: the village of ‘Midwich’: Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire

This genuinely creepy sci-fi horror, from John Wyndham’s novel The Midwich Cuckoos, has a clutch of unemotional, super-intelligent kids born simultaneously in a small English village. The damned village of ‘Midwich’ is Letchmore Heath, just east of Watford and, conveniently, within four miles of MGM’s Borehamwood Studios.

This area of southeast England is so convenient for studios that it is jam-packed with filming locations. In fact, so many TV series of the 60s and 70s wsere filmed around here that it's been dubbed Avengerland. TV fans, check out the excellently detailed Avengerland site.

Among the many other films shot in the immediate area are The Abominable Dr Phibes, The Vampire Lovers, The Devil Rides Out, and Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita.

John Carpenter’s disappointing 1995 remake of Village of the Damned, with Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley, transposes the action to Northern California.

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