The Innocents (1961)

The Innocents (1961)

The Innocents (1961)

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that their house is haunted in the 1961 BAFTA-nominated horror based on Henry James's story The Turn of the Screw. Stars the great Deborah Kerr.

1961100 minsUK
HorrorClassic
Director:
Jack Clayton ('The Mother's House', 'The Great Gatsby')
Cast:
Deborah KerrPeter WyngardeMegs JenkinsMichael Redgrave

The Innocents (1961) / Reviews

TV Guide

TV Guide

The Innocents manipulates the viewer's imagination as few films can, with Kerr and Redgrave doing a masterful job of creating a sense of repressed hysteria.

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Time Out

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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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

The film thrives on unsettling images of overgrowth and rot, such as the dead flower that drops at Kerr’s touch, and the beetle that crawls obscenely out of the mouth of a cherub statue.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Clayton brilliantly uses slow dissolves to create ghostly superimpositions, and the harmless squeals of bath-time fun, or squeakings of a pencil, suggest uncanny screams.

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