The Innocents
The Innocents (1961)

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)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Creepily atmospheric, The Innocents is a stylishly crafted, chilling British ghost tale with Deborah Kerr at her finest.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Too much Freud and too little thought.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Having Truman Capote adapt Henry James's The Turn of the Screw (two taxonomists of beasts in the jungle of the Id), is an act of genuine inspiration.

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TIME Magazine

If the picture is journeyman James, it is also pitapatational entertainment, the most sophisticated scare show since Diabolique.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Is it the finest, smartest, most visually savvy horror film ever made by a big studio?

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This classic ghost tale is based on Henry James' 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Sends some formidable chills down the spine.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Matheus Carvalho
It tackles the material in quite a corageous way for a 1960s mainstream British film. The sumptuous deep focus photography and set decoration make one fear… More
Mark Hobin
Atmospheric horror film about an inexperienced governess who comes to a large estate to take care of two children that share a dark secret. Supernatural ghost… More
Cassandra Maples
Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr), a nineteenth century British governess, is appointed to take care of two children, Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin… More
Randy Tippy
Gothic ghost story with a twist. Filmed in glorious black & white, Jack Clayton's shadowy horror saga is ripe with those odd little subtleties that… More
Antony Stubbs
Remarkable, damn-near flawless early British horror. The Innocents deserves far more recognition than it currently recieves; so far it seems to be a rare… More
Luke Baldock
Perfectly stunning, a true horror film. The Innocents is a classic, but one that has hovered below the radar. The film is brilliant in the way it gradually… More

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