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The Innocents

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Innocents
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"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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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 :)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was hoping for more from this one, but I had a feeling on what to expect. Heavy on verbosity, light on scare value. Maybe it's me; perhaps I've become desensitized to horror (especially older horror with virtually no special effects). Simply put, I found myself frequently getting bored, and finally irritated with Flora's pointless screeching. Deborah Kerr was good.

Jul 14, 2012
  • Derringer rated this: 4 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.

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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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Mrs. Grose: "...Rooms... used by daylight as though they were dark woods..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Miles: "What shall I sing to my lord from my window? What shall I sing for my lord will not stay? What shall I sing for my lord will not listen? Where shall I go when my lord is away? Whom shall I love when the moon is arisen? Gone is my lord and the grave is his prison. What shall I say when my lord comes a calling? What shall I say when he knocks on my door? What shall I say when his feet enter softly? Leaving the marks of his grave on my floor. Enter my lord. Come from your prison. Come from your grave, for the moon is arisen. Welcome, my lord."


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Jul 14, 2012
  • Derringer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense psychological horror


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