One of the few movies to scare the living pants off me at repeat viewings, The Innocents is fantastic. Possibly the best adaptation of Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw, it is about a slightly eccentric governess looking after two orphans at Blythe House deep in the English countryside and all sorts of weirdness unfolds, not helped by the fact that the children's only relative refuses any contact between the house and his own socialite lifestyle. From scenes of intense black and white beauty to dramatic lighting to Deborah Kerr's slightly off-handle performance to the most terrifying and malevolent prescence ever captured on film, The Innocents is a masterpiece. Do NOT be fooled by the low rating!
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