Cinema: Persuasive Nightmare

These Are The Damned is a small, harrowing science-fiction thriller in which expatriate U.S. Director Joseph Losey (The Servant, Eva) puts his best film footage forward, displaying some of the razzle-dazzle camera technique that has won him a major reputation among movie buffs. Filmed in England in 1962 with a second-string cast and a familiar atomic-age theme, The Damned exudes a mesmerizing air of intangible menace.

Losey gets his tale off to a snappy start at Weymouth, a seedy Victorian-style beach resort where rock 'n' roll mocks the glories of a bygone era. An...

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