These Are the Damned (1963)
"The Damned" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 1,971 users  
Reviews: 59 user | 52 critic

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.



(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Maniac (1963)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An American painter has an affair with a bar owner is a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.

Director: Michael Carreras
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston
Paranoiac (1963)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the 1830s a captain in the East India Company lobbies to investigate the criminal Thugee Cult of Kali, an organized crime group of stranglers and thieves.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank
X the Unknown (1956)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Radioactive oil-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village during the 1950's.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1910, Hong Kong members of a secret Tong crime syndicate protect their identities by murdering the daughter of a British sea captain who vows revenge.

Director: Anthony Bushell
Stars: Christopher Lee, Yvonne Monlaur, Geoffrey Toone
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain... See full summary »

Director: Peter Graham Scott
Stars: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt
Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When car trouble strands a honeymooning couple in a small Southern European village, an aristocratic family in the area reaches out to help them with sinister consequences.

Director: Don Sharp
Stars: Clifford Evans, Edward de Souza, Noel Willman
Nightmare (1964)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden
The Snorkel (1958)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Although the police have termed her mother's death a suicide, a teenage girl believes her step-father murdered her.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town's most powerful family.

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon


Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Wells
Shirley Anne Field ...
Freya Neilson
Major Holland
Brian Oulton ...
Mr. Dingle
Kenneth Cope ...
James Villiers ...
Captain Gregory
Tom Kempinski ...
Ted (as Thomas Kempinski)
Barbara Everest ...
Miss Lamont
Allan McClelland ...
Mr. Stuart (as Alan McClelland)
James Maxwell ...
Mr. Talbot
Rachel Clay ...
Caroline Sheldon ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Come At Your Own Risk ... If You Come Alone! See more »


See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

7 July 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

These Are the Damned  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Notable early appearance of Oliver Reed. See more »


(at around 38mins) When Neilson wrestles King to the ground, a person's shadow (cameraman?) can be seen to move on the ground next to them. See more »


Freya Neilson: How could you be so cruel?
King: I enjoyed it, my dear lady.
See more »


Referenced in Akira (1988) See more »


Blues in the Night
Music by Harold Arlen
Whistled by the gang in the night coast scene to signal each other
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Worth it provided you don't pay too much for the bootleg
3 February 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"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)

27 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Macdonald Carey was too old for his role corriganville
What a great movie Pongo000
A lot of hate on this board... WarNerve626
what are ur WTF moments and creepy moments? BRisBR
Why the Names of Kings and Queens? stubbsn
Discuss These Are the Damned (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: