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The Innocents
In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) arrives at a bleak mansion to take care of Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens), the wealthy household's two children. Outwardly the children are little darlings, but the governess begins to feel that there's something unwholesome behind those beatific smiles. After several disturbing examples of the children's evil impulses, Miss Giddens gets information from the housekeeper (Megs Jenkins) that… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can watch 'The Innocents' twice and walk away with different conclusions. Psychological horrors have imitated its ambiguous ending ever since. Few have pulled it off half as creepily."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Too much Freud and too little thought."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This classic ghost tale is based on Henry James' 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"That rare ghost story that fires on all cylinders: it's tremendously acted, sensationally photographed in deep-focus black and white, sumptuously produced and, best, genuinely frightening."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"A crackling, eerie, coldly beautiful account of the novel, which reveals new subtleties and meanings every time you go back."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"If the picture is journeyman James, it is also pitapatational entertainment, the most sophisticated scare show since Diabolique."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Is it the finest, smartest, most visually savvy horror film ever made by a big studio?"
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"the beauty enhances the dread by intensifying our sense of how feeble even the most luminous of surfaces can be in hiding the horrors beneath, which is appropriate for a film awash in Freudian subtext"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This is a space with ample room for both the living and the dead."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"If you've never seen Jack Clayton's 1961 adaptation of Henry James's Turn of the Screw, hurl yourself into a cinema ASAP."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Based on Henry James' story Turn of the Screw this catches an eerie, spine-chilling mood right at the start and never lets up on its grim, evil theme."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Sends some formidable chills down the spine."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Kerr's performance vibrates with complicated tension and vulnerability, as she communicates the internal life of a woman constantly at war with herself."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"Oozing ambiguity, Jack Clayton's shimmering gem is a masterclass in suggestion, a flawless evocation of the uncanny which pits the subconscious against the supernatural to genuinely hair-raising effect."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"An elegant, sinister and scalp-prickling ghost story - as scary in its way as Rosemary's Baby or The Exorcist."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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