The film ends with swimmers and beach-goers enjoying the sea and sand, oblivious to the children who are desperately and vainly calling for help from their cliff side prison. These are the damned.
== Production and Release ==
American [[movie director|director]] [[Joseph Losey]] had moved to Britain after being [[Hollywood blacklist|blacklisted by Hollywood]]. The film was produced by [[Hammer Films|Hammer]], which had enjoyed great success with such science fiction/horror films as [[The Quatermass Xperiment]] and [[The Curse of Frankenstein]].
A script was originally written by [[Ben Barzman]] which was reasonably faithful to the original novel. Losey then had this rewritten by two weeks prior to filming.ref
Losey originally wanted Neilson the sculptor to be killed by one of the helicopters, but the studio insisted that Bernard kill her personally. The studio also wished to tone down the incestuous references between King and Joan.refref
The film was made in May-June 1961 but, due perhaps to political considerations, was not released in Britain until 1963. Even then it was subject to several cuts, from 96 to 87 minutes in Britain and 77 minutes in America where it was released as These Are the Damned in 1965.ref A complete print was released in arthouse cinemas in 2007. On 15 January 2010, it was released on DVD as part of the Icons of Suspense Collection from [[Hammer Films]].ref
The movie went over budget by ₤25,000.ref
The Damned has been referred to as "the highpoint of the first wave of the British postwar Science Fiction films".ref