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The Innocents

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Innocents
"Set in nineteenth-century England, this gothic ghost story centers around a governess taking care of two orphans in a foreboding Victorian mansion. As eerie apparitions appear and the children's behavior becomes strange, the governess begins to wonder about the fate of the previous governess and her sadistic lover. Could it be that their restless spirits are trying to corrupt the innocence of the children, or is this 'haunting' a product of her own fears and imagination?"--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005
Branch Call Number: INNOCENT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 09, 2015
  • Klaatu_Barada rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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 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.

Dec 17, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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. At first miss Giddens is delighted with the huge empty mansion surrounded by fields and lakes even though her only adult company is an elderly housekeeper, Mrs. Grose, and a few background servants. Little Flora proves to be equally delightful with her neatly starched pinafores, precocious mannerisms, and surprisingly expansive vocabulary. But when Flora’s brother Miles returns home after being expelled from boarding school under troubling circumstances things begin to change. Despite a stiff formality that belies his years Miles appears to be a perfectly well-behaved child, but behind his innocent questions and lingering stares there lurks the faintest air of menace. An unnatural bond exists between the two children as if they were involved in a monstrous game which miss Giddens finds “...secretive, and whispery, and indecent” And then the ghostly apparitions begin to escalate with malevolent faces in the window, cries in the night, and a pale figure standing amongst the reeds. Gleaning a bit of the estate’s troubled history from a reluctant Mrs. Grose, Giddens convinces herself that the children are innocent pawns in a horrific supernatural conspiracy---but will she be able to save them? Against a backdrop of moonlit gardens, creaking hallways, and decaying statuary 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!

This is probably one of the finest supernatural films. or maybe one of the finest films, ever made. Certainly one of the eeriest. The sense of dread is sometimes overpowering.


Mar 13, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Henry James wrote a novel, “The Turn of the Screw,” and it is used by literature teachers to provoke discussions of what it is exactly about and there is no actual agreement. British director, Jack Clayton, converted this into what many consider a great story of ghosts possibly haunting the living. When you walk out, you will probably disagree with whomever you converse regarding its meaning. Are there actual ghosts? Is the governess insane? Are the happenings just imagination? Dreams? Do the dead haunt us when we remember them? If you do not like films that you do not completely understand, then avoid it, but the great director, Martin Scorcese, regards it as one of the top ghost films of all time. The National Board of Review regards it as one of the best films of 1961. The range of emotions shown by Deborah Kerr is just plainly incredible.

Feb 09, 2013
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'd read about this movie and being a fan of creepy, atmospheric films, I thought I'd give it a try. 'The Innocents' falls in with that '60's tradition of what I call, 'obvious horror' more in your face It worked with other films, not this one. It has it's moments but in the end, it's rather dated, to say the least. Deborah Kerr overacts without any justification, but, she's ever the graceful in the way she moves in a hoop skirt. You see of why the King and I worked :)

Apr 16, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I like how intelligent the dialogue is in this movie, and how well each cast member plays their role, especially Deborah Kerr. The only thing I did not like was little Flora's screaming and the ending...which was quite bizarre.

Sep 11, 2009
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Deborah Kerr freaks out when two creepy kids convince her of the presence of spirits that inhabit their eery old mansion. But they're innocent, aren't they??


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