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: December 25, 1961
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 96% 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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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Acutely unnerving, magnificently played, and just plain gorgeous.

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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?

Kate Muir
Times (UK)

It creeps slowly up on the viewer: a drip-feed of fear fed by creaks, eerie children and shadowy demonic figures on the periphery of this world and the next.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The best ghost stories ask what gets to be a pretty serious question if they are done right: "what do YOU think what happened?" or essentially, how… 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
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

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