An ex-con who's taken part in the robbery of a racetrack is caught and sent back to prison, but he won't tell his fellow gang members where he's stashed the loot. The gang kidnaps his ... See full summary »
Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled ... See full summary »
An American wakes up in an English hospital unable to remember anything of his life before a recent car accident. With only a photograph torn from a newspaper to guide him, and an unknown ... See full summary »
The middle-aged American Simon Wells sails in his boat to Weymouth and stumbles with the twenty year-old Joan on the street. He believes that she is a prostitute but she is actually part of a scheme of a motorcycle gang to rob tourists. Simon is brutally beaten up by her brother King and his gang. The policemen find the wounded Simon and take him to a bar to recover, where he meets the military Bernard and his mistress Freya Neilson. On the next morning, Joan challenges King and meets Simon in his boat, and King and his gang hunts Simon down. Joan and Simon spend the night together in an isolated house and on the morning, they are located by the gang. They try to flee and stumble in a top-secret military facility managed by Bernard. They are helped by children and brought to their hideout in a cave. King falls in the sea while chasing the couple and is also helped by a boy and brought to the same place. Soon Joan finds that the children are cold as if they were dead. What is the ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Although submitted to the BBFC in 1961 the UK release was held back by almost a year after director Joseph Losey delayed making a requested censor cut which showed King beating Wells with his umbrella. Losey eventually made the cut and the film was released in 1963. See more »
A shadow of a crew member can be seen moving after King shoots the soldier in the lab. See more »
You know, someone once told me, that when a bureaucrat wants to keep his job, he stamps everything 'Top Secret.' Is that true?
It's probably true, sometimes.
I... hate your secrets, Bernard.
[Suddenly very hesitant]
Freya, if I were to tell you... even a little *bit* about... what you call my 'secrets,'... I might be condemning you to death. Please trust my judgement.
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Worth it provided you don't pay too much for the bootleg
"These Are the Damned" has obtained somewhat of a cult following due to its obscurity. Truth be told, its not one of the all-time cult or sci-fi classics. What it is however is quite interesting. There are some flaws that detract from it being great, mainly the teddy boys. These youth gangs might have been considered a threat to British society back in the day, but viewed today they seem quite quaint and unintentionally hilarious. They lack any degree of menace and can't hold a candle to America's greasers of the day. It would've been better to only hint at the sci-fi elements in the first half instead of having the sequence where the teacher checks in on his pupils. It could've been easily deleted as it really adds nothing to the plot. In addition to this, Joseph Losey's pacing is a bit too lethargic and some of the supporting performances are a bit poor.
Still, "These Are the Damned" is an interesting, haunting, and unique sci-fi film. All the stars turn in good and sympathetic performances. Particularly memorable is an early turn from Oliver Reed as the gang leader. The premise is quite novel and this was one of the first films to say that the government could be the perpetrators of an insidious plot on their own people. It would be a few years before American cinema would have this idea and its easy to see why this film caused some controversy on its initial release (the American cut deleted most of the social commentary). "These Are the Damned" is worth it provided you don't pay too much for the bootleg. Loved the theme song "Black Leather Rock" by the way. (7/10)
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