USA Today - 11/06/1995
"...The great Deborah Kerr ghost classic..."
Premiere - 11/01/2005 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] stunning example of a now almost ignored truism of the horror genre: a movie need not show so much as the tiniest fleck of viscera to be absolutely terrifying."
Total Film - 03/01/2007 5 stars out of 5 -- "Jack Clayton's genuinely sinister Victorian ghost movie is a British cinema classic."
Uncut - 03/01/2007 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jack Clayton's 1961 black-and-white chiller remains the definitive English horror film."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2007
"Clayton's superbly unsettling chiller derives its potency from restraint and near-subliminal suggestion."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Innocents, a chilling adaptation of Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw, is one of the most frightening films ever made. Set in nineteenth-century England, this gothic ghost story centers around a governess (Deborah Kerr) taking care of two orphans in a foreboding Victorian mansion. As eerie apparitions appear and the children's behavior becomes strange, the governess begins to wonder about the fate of the previous governess and her sadistic lover. Could it be that their restless spirits are conspiring to corrupt the innocence of the children, or is this "haunting" a product of her own fears and imagination?
Based on Henry James's TURN OF THE SCREW, THE INNOCENTS is a chilling psychological horror film about a woman, Miss Giddens (Kerr), who takes a position as governess for two orphans in a stately Victorian home. Alone with the children and only a few servants, Miss Giddens soon begins to see what she believes to be ghosts and begins to suspect that the children's increasingly bizarre behavior may be the result of some supernatural power. When she learns the fate of the house's previous governess and valet, Miss Giddens takes it upon herself to rescue the children from the supernatural being that seems to have them in its grips, all the while questioning her own sanity. Ms. Kerr's nuanced performance, possibly the best of her career, and Mr. Francis's atmospheric cinematography help make this a true horror classic.
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