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The Damned (Hammer) Poster

UK Quad poster for the Hammer horror drama "The Damned" (1963), starring Oliver Reed & Shirley Anne Field.


Although the poster carries a faux warning (a device commonly used for horror/scifi films in the 50's & early 60's), the rest of the design is genuinely menacing, the dark green background & scene of Shirley Anne Field being surrounded by leering, leather clad thugs, being very effective.

 

The poster has light pin-hole damage to corners/rim, a couple of minor spot stains to title script & the two "X" certificates have been blanked out (suggesting the poster may have been used in Ireland). As the "X" rating suggested content that was likely to be sexual/violent/blasphemous etc, sensitive cinema managers would occasionally "remove" these signs in deference to the local Priest, a curious practice as this simply highlighted the issue but maybe the symbolic gesture was appreciated as a suitable "trade-off"? The poster could be restored or left "as is". For an idea of relative value an uncensored "The Damned" Quad sold at auction in the US in 2018 for over $1,000.



Price: £475.00

Film Category: Hammer / Horror
Director: Joseph Losey
Actor / Actresses: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Oliver Reed
Poster Type: UK Quad (30" x 40", 76cm x 102cm)
Poster Artist: Unknown
Condition: Good
Year: 1963
Reference: 60073



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