Apparitions? Evils? Corruptions?
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
Os Inocentes, The Turn of the Screw, Schloß des Schreckens, Невинные
Part of Hoop-Tober
“But they haven’t been good, merely easy to live with.”
Beware the well-read virgin. So the saying goes. The imagination will be well lubricated by the endless tomes over which she has pored. She will know of the world, but will not be a part of it—what is worse, she will see this as a virtue rather than a liability. Hers will be a conviction that treats faith as the evidence of things unseen, an unseemly melding of hope and conclusion and fancy into an irrefutable approximation of truth. She will insist upon nothing but the best from people, and will assume nothing but the worst.
Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr, in a tour de force performance) is…
This is peak ambiguity in cinematic form. Derived from Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, The Innocents is a psychological horror film revolving around a governess slowly losing her mind as she thinks that the children she is taking care of are being possessed by the dead. The profound music score and the prepossessing cinematography transformed the 1898 novella into, dare I say, the most equivocal film to date, touching subjects like seclusion and sexual repression in a contentious yet terrifying manner. The lingering uncanny shots can drive someone’s claustrophobia to a maximum and the ending posed multiple symbolisms that was left for the audience to comprehend. Deborah Kerr’s performance was incredibly moving and phenomenal, rivaling her prodigious Black Narcissus act. The formidable phantasmal superimpositions can put anyone on the edge of their seat. An underrated must-watch if you’re into enigmatic psychological horror films.
what the fuck
Orgasmic. A stifling scream of sexual release and emerging demons. The greatest CinemaScope film - with Victorian "larger at night" chambers and hallways enclosing their grasp on the suffocated. Let go.
a story about a haunted estate swallowing children or a sexually repressed weirdo (who loves kids a bit too much) violently projecting her overprotective fantasies onto them? regardless, would be my first pick towards a problematic age gap canon. also has some of the best cinemascope and b&w photography of all time.
I put this off for too long. The Innocents is a film that is able to carry its praises and credibility despite all the years that has passed, and can absolutely hold up a light to modern audiences despite horror being one of the more subjective of genres. From the opening credits of a ghostly voice singing O Willow Waly to the repressed hysteria that follows you throughout your viewing experience, The Innocents is a plausible fine piece of horror cinema, and is criminally under-seen as a classic of its genre.
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me: decides to watch a legendary horror movie
legendary horror movie: is scary
me: shocked pikachu face
ghosts don't haunt places, they haunt people. forgive me a disagreement but i think they haunt both. from the beginning, there's something just a little off about the governess hired to take care of two orphaned children by their uncaring uncle. she's a little fluttery, a little too old to be unmarried, a little too eager to prove that she truly does love and cherish children. from the beginning, there's something a little off about the house she arrives at to begin her duties. there's a lake and a gazebo and too many rooms and far too many candles. there's something empty and…
“I can’t judge you, Miss. A body can only judge themselves.”
everything that's wrong with modern horror movies, and then some. the new Criterion blu-ray is a thing to behold, i tell ya. full review on the AV Club next week.
SHOCKtober Day 13 of 31
My lifelong attraction to fashion began from a childhood filled with a visual buffet of sartorial inspiration—from music videos to the costume dramas I would often watch with my mother. Period dress has always stoked my whimsical sensibilities, and to this day I will happily watch any period piece put in front of me (particularly those of English origin), and Jack Clayton’s gothic ghost story, The Innocents, was no different. Based on the Henry James novella, The Turn of the Screw, this ambiguous psychological horror marries the technical with the textual, the ephemeral with the eternal, the supernatural with the cerebral in an aesthetically-driven manner that highlights its enigmatic themes with a morphing couture symbolism.…
One of the most genuinely devastating films I’ve ever seen. A slow descent into complete madness. Malicious spirits in the house. Malicious spirits in the mind. The trauma of sexual repression. The corruption of innocence. True horror. Every time I watch this I find it far more frightening than any traditional supernatural tale and I wonder how it doesn’t sit on the same top shelf as say, The Exorcist or Psycho.
Powerhouse performance from Deborah Kerr and young Martin Stephens. I had forgotten that a very young Pamela Franklin was also in this! A true classic if there ever was one. I can’t recommend this one enough.
I never would have selected this film for viewing in a gazillion years however it became an absolute must see when I had to fulfill CineMonster's HOOPTOBER 4.0's "1 terrible oversight" requirement! I received 3 Horror films via snail mail and I was dreading the time wasted with my butt firmly planted in my chair imagining myself literally counting down the milliseconds till conclusion of the film! Hence it is easy to surmise why I had saved it for the very last film of the night!
Much to my surprise I became thoroughly engrossed with the story unfolding upon my big screen TV! The children actors Martin Stephens (Miles) and Pamela Franklin (Flora)…
Before the 20th Century Fox logo starts to appear, we first get to hear a young girl creepily singing "O Willow Wally" while the screen is completely pitch black. It's only been a few seconds and I'm already creeped out wtf. This haunting song perfectly sets the entire mood of the film.
For a 1961 film, The Innocents is undeniably scary and way ahead of its time. The use of sound and its expressive cinematography were effective in creating a whole lot of tension and paranoia throughout. Seriously, this film kept me on edge and gave me goosebumps than most modern horror films out there.
This is a tale of gothic horror full of uncomfortable subject matter: sexual repression, sexual…
I think there’s still more for me to unpack in this, even after a rewatch. A surprisingly eerie horror work from the early 60s with some chilling imagery. There’s something so uniquely uncomfortable about that woman sitting across the pond…
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So f*cking good.
Criterion Spine #: 727
I mean… Yeah, if you put creepy kids in almost any horror movie you’re guaranteed to have some type of ghastly result. Honestly, I almost feel sorry for these kid actors who have to play these terrible characters. Like the dude who played the terrible adolescent king on Game of Thrones I wouldn’t be surprised if that is something that follows you as some members of gullible audiences have trouble making distinctions between fictions and reality.
Indeed, I had the desire at one point to reach into my screen and just bitch slap Miles - creep fuck. Thankfully that moment of insanity passed and I see here on Letterboxd that the actor - Martin Stephens -…
omg i watched this years ago and have never been able to remember the name until now.....but i think about it all the time
she did it
#27 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They list of the 1000 greatest horror films - 2021 edition
#338 on They Shoot Pictures, Don't They List of the 1000 greatest films - 2021 edition
Enter my lord. Come from your prison.
Come from your grave, for the moon is arisen.
I don't get it!
maybe I'm too timid to wander around a mansion in a flowing nightgown with candlestick in hand after all
I hate the Turn of the screw
Erittäin tyylikkäästi peloitteleva klassikkoadaptaatio.
Hauska noteerata yhtäläisyyksiö ja eroja Bly Manoriin.
Onnistui jopa kuningaslajissa, eli pelästyttämisessä ja pelottelussa ilman jump scarea.
I watched this movie because of an essay I had to do on the novel it is based on, and I knew from the opening credits that this would become one of my favorite horror films.
I love gothic horror, but specifically in this case because it is not only about scaring the audience, but about putting sexual repression, innocence, appearances, and authority as conducts real-life terror.
The acting in this movie can be a masterclass for any acting student, and the editing and the score are beyond compare.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I had to give this five stars. I had to. I can’t believe I hadn’t watched this film already — what was I missing out on?
Under a deceptively clichéd premise and title lies a twisted tale of sexual repression, trauma, jealousy and incest. It’s also a ghost story, structured in a way that justifies both affirmations and rejections of the film’s supernatural elements — an ambiguous narrative, a.k.a. my favorite kind of narrative (if done with nuance). It’s the ultimate unreliable narrator movie, making the audience ask if the ghosts really were there. Were they merely imaginations of Miss Giddens, conjured up as a plot to fully ‘own’ the children? That’s a strangely adult way Miles is talking —…
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