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      These Are the Damned

      1962 1h 36m Sci-Fi List
      88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 53% Audience Score 500+ Ratings An American man (Macdonald Carey) and an Englishwoman (Shirley Anne Field) discover genetically engineered children who can survive a nuclear war. Read More Read Less

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Losey's strongest critique of the times emerges with a unique stylistic flourish in his wide-screen, black-and-white images, featuring slow glides, skewed angles, standoffish perspectives, and hectic striations. Jun 1, 2015 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader More than an interesting curiosity, it's one of Losey's best English efforts, and Viveca Lindfors contributes a striking part as an eccentric sculptress. Jul 14, 2007 Full Review Judith Crist New York Herald Tribune A film that sticks to the ribs, that bothers you in its implication, that makes you do some of the work of interpreting what you have watched. Aug 15, 2022 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Coincidence piles up on coincidence, and unlikely behaviour upon unlikely behaviour, until the whole thing becomes impossible to take seriously. Jan 31, 2018 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com .. a strange collision of exploitation elements, visual elegance and emotional coolness, a fascinating oddity with strange angles that don't all fit neatly together but add up to a brilliant structure. Apr 11, 2010 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion 'The age of senseless violence,' by Joseph Losey Dec 8, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      nick s After half an hour of screenplay it turns into a completely different movie. Some of the ways the characters react to situations seemed rather contrived. The scenes involving children were quite stagey. The movie was a great effort to present something quirky to the audience but the direction was a little rusty. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review Oliver M Yep…..the multi verse! Oliver Reed in parts of this is actually acting in A Clockwork Orange. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Part 'Motor Psycho,' part 'Children of the Damned,' this worthwhile Hammer Films sci-fi effort hits a number of genres in one unique and compelling film. A biker gang, a hot female lead, creepy kids, government conspiracy, a mysterious hideaway - and more - it's all here, plus the repeated playing of a song you won't soon forget. 'Black leather, black leather!' Dig it, dammit! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Odd blend of social drama (in which an American ex-pat pursues a young British girl but gets harassed by her brother and his band of "teddy boys") and science fiction (in which they stumble into an underground cave where a scientist has been raising children from birth contacting them only through a video screen). It doesn't entirely coalesce but around halfway through things started to become interesting - of course, the earlier uncomfortable social dynamics are probably more consistent with director Joseph Losey's other output (especially when he started working with Pinter). However, I was there primarily for the sci-fi in Hammerscope this time and it doesn't really disappoint - perhaps it feels even weirder (these cold-as-ice children and their predicament) because it's crammed uneasily into another picture. But such is/was the world where the nuclear threat was inserted surreally into everyone's daily existence (see also Peter Watkins' The War Game, filmed around the same time in Britain). Worth a look. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A public servant is the only servant that has secrets from its master. An American tourist in Europe comes across a girl running away from her brother's gang. He rescues the girl, falls in love, but she surely isn't in love with him. They escaped in his boat and when she discovers his feelings she quickly asks to be dropped off on land. He pulls up to a strange house used by an eccentric doctor. They try to sail off but they end up washed up back at the house and saved by some strange kids who claim to reside in the doctor's mansion. What is going on in this strange house? "If I could explain these I wouldn't have to make them." Joseph Losey, director of The Servant, The Go-Between, Don Giovanni, Mr. Klein, A Doll's House, Concrete Jungle, Figures in a Landscape, and X: the Unknown, delivers These are the Damned. The storyline for this picture is interesting, unique, and unfolds well. The concept was better than I anticipated and the acting was okay. The cast includes Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox, and Oliver Reed. "You must have respect for other people's property." I came across this movie on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to give it a shot. This was better than I anticipated. I thought it would be a Village of the Damned like plot, but I found it slightly more interesting than that. This was an interesting thriller worth a viewing but not worth adding to your collection. "It's much easier to be polite when clean." Grade: B- Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Radioactive children of the future meant to survive an inevitable nuclear holocaust. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An American man (Macdonald Carey) and an Englishwoman (Shirley Anne Field) discover genetically engineered children who can survive a nuclear war.
      Director
      Joseph Losey
      Producer
      Anthony Hinds
      Screenwriter
      Evan Jones
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures Corporation, Hammer Film Productions Limited
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 6, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 36m