Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Innocents (1961)

4.5 / 5 Jan '09
Tagline: Apparitions? Evils? Corruptions?
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Written by: Henry James, John Mortimer
Actors include: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins
Genre: Horror
Length: 100 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

I hate it when a classic lets me down, but fortunately this was even better than I had anticipated. Usually I'm not that into the whole haunted house stuff, but this was actually creepy and surprising, it's actually based upon the book "The Turning Of The Screw". We meet a young Governess named Miss Giddens who agrees to look after two children who are without parents. The condition is that she can't ask for help at any time or bother their Uncle. Initially the little boy is away at bording school and she bonds with the pretty little girl. Shortly after the little boy is kicked out of school and sent home, although he appears angelic of course bad things begin to happen. Soon the Governess learns that they've been sneaking out and hiding and talking to someone...but whom? It's actually visually stunning, and seriously the supernatural element is very creepy. This one is captivating, beautiful and rewarding and horrific...definitely this one deserves to be seen by everyone!

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