The Innocents

The Innocents

DVD - 2005
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Adaptation of Henry James' Turn of the screw. A governess suspects her young charges are demonically possessed.

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lavasushi
Apr 18, 2018

I’m on a Deborah Kerr binge and this is one of the scariest movies I remember as a kid. It still is. It’s not about blood or guts or going down to the basement with the lights off. It’s two creepy kids that are unsettling, whispery and odd. Gives me the chills, which is what I am seeking in scary movies. Not a body pile up of murdered people. I’d watch Walking Dead for that.
Loved her dresses. It’s like she’s floating

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Derringer
Mar 04, 2018

"The Innocents" ("TI" for short) was released in 1961 (is everyone bored already?). This was a year after the release of that total terrorizer "Psycho", which, when it came to horror movies, was not an easy act to follow. But, thankfully, the producers of "TI" weren't interested in following in "Psycho's" gruesome foot-steps.

What a contrast there is between these 2 excellent and very powerful horror movies. Both are packed to capacity with mounting suspense and terror. And, of course, both, in their own right, are superbly crafted with top-notch performances from all members of the cast.

While "Psycho", literally, drenched the audience with buckets of blood, "TI" didn't even spill a single drop. It took a different approach to terror. It produced the one thing that was in short supply in "Psycho" and that was genuine goose-pimples. I'm not kidding, this movie is so frickin' eerie and spine-chilling that it'll have you shivering all over. It's the very thing that true ghost stories are made of and it's all been captured here so brilliantly. "TI" does not ring false once, nor is there one bad note in it. This is something that is certainly unique and rare when it comes to the likes of horror films.

The terror that lurks within the shadows of this brilliantly frightening story really needs to be seen by you, the viewer, rather than me wasting my time trying to describe the indescribable. It can't be done. Even though we've all been pretty much jaded by all the horror films that have come out since "TI" I don't think there's another one out there that packs the sort of "ghostly" wallop that this one does. If you want chills. If you want thrills. "TI" delivers in a true Gothic style.

Franln Sep 05, 2017

Very creepy and well done black & white 1961 horror movie I had never heard of. The cover doesn't do it justice. I keep thinking about it and how weird and taboo it is.

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U_Yongsterz
Jul 13, 2016

Can "horror" entertain and actually sustain itself without buckets of blood being splattered up the wall, without severed body-parts being found in the fridge, without a crazed maniac being on hand to line-up his victims?...... After watching "The Innocents", I believe that it can. And it can be done quite effectively, as well.

Eerie. Mesmerizing. And, yes, very Haunting...... This 1961 film (whose screenplay was co-written by Truman Capote) was based on Henry James' novel The Turn Of The Screw which was published in 1898.

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Onewhoissaved
Oct 01, 2015

"The Turn of the screw", written by Henry James in 1898 and brilliantly brought to film as the "Innocents" in 1961 stars the incomparable actress Deborah Kerr. But without the children there is no point of even considering the title. Pamela Franklin as Flora was 11 years old. Martin Stephens as Miles was 12 years old. Each performs with eerie precision, as though the part was based on their story rather than the other way around. Children can have such vivid imaginations during the day and impossibly horrible nightmares. And yet the child wakens without remembering what made them scream in terror just hours ago. I know that describes my younger life. Would I be willing to relive those moments of horror when imagination and reality blended into a single vision that caused me to involuntarily scream? The film is black and white and I believe this presents a bleak realism that grips our imagination much more fully than one done in color. When the film is in color we marvel at the sets, the costumes, the panorama and forget about the story being dramatized. You can only pay attention to so much before the scene has moved on and we wonder just where are we now? When it's black and white we put in our own sense of color as it most affects us personally. I loved horror films and though the black and white ones gripped audiences because we struggle to input ourselves on so many concurrent levels. Enjoy the film, Watch it again a few years from now.

Movie quote - "Say his name and it will all be over."

Yes. This 1961 Supernatural-Thriller certainly had its fair share of good points, as well as its not-so-good points.

The one thing that really impressed me about this particular ghost story was that it delivered its eerie, little tale, quite effectively, without spilling even a single drop of blood.

I think that, alone, earns The Innocents some rightful and respectful recognition in the realm of "horror". 'Cause, even way back in 1961, a fright flick could never be expected to hold the viewer's rapt attention without the necessity of blood and gore.

Anyway - With strong performances given by all of its principal cast members, I thought that the overall subtlety of The Innocents' sinister and nightmarish tale was quite impressive. And I wasn't in the least bit disappointed with this supernatural story as it slowly, but surely, unravelled its mystery of mounting madness that seemed to rise from the depths of a very dark and curious netherworld.

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hoacornell
Feb 27, 2015

Simply beautiful setting for a wonderful movie. One of Britain's finest homes surrounded by beautiful gardens and ponds. Deborah Kerr adds beauty to the film in her character and in charm as a person. Truly a masterpiece of film work that I shall treasure for a long time to come!

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garycornell
Jan 30, 2015

Chilling suspense with a talented cast led by Deborah Kerr. The black and white film is shot so perfectly that you believe that candles are their only light at night. Filmed in an English Mansion that simply is the height of beauty. Deborah Kerr is a lovely governess of the household of two children. You won't want to miss this film. It simply is filled with surprises!

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jazeebelle
Dec 17, 2014

This movie is downright creepy, disturbing and scary. (This is coming from a seasoned HorrorWhore). The under toned tensions alone are enough to put you ill at ease. If you are looking for blood and gore, this isn't the movie for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for some psychological horror, do NOT pass this opportunity.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Based on Henry James’ "The Turn of the Screw", this fine slice of gothic horror follows a young governess and the two children entrusted to her on a lonely, isolated English estate. Moonlit gardens, creaking hallways, and decaying statuary abound as director Jack Clayton spins a classic haunted house tale replete with hints of madness and melancholy. His horror is both overtly real and deeply psychological for despite the spectral visitations and slamming shutters the real terror lies in miss Giddens’ eyes as her uneasy concerns soon evolve into wild accusations and paranoia. Lastly, Clayton’s assured hand is readily apparent in a frantic climax which comes full circle and lends meaning to the film’s enigmatic opening scenes. Chilly!

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