Tuesday, 14 August 2012

the innocents (1961) - jack clayton

Based on 'The Turn Of The Screw' by Henry James, 'The Innocents' is a proper, good old fashioned ghost story that pretty much sticks to the original story.  Sure, as usual with the old black and white films, the acting and speech can be too over the top and affected, but there were still plenty of scary moments (which have become standards in horror) to keep you interested.  Deborah Kerr plays a governess who thinks the children in her charge are being possessed.  That's about all the storyline you need (although there's more, including implied sexual abuse),  and the film gets better and better as it goes along.   I don't want to make it sound as though it is one of the best films ever, as it certainly isn't that, and l thought the ending was a bit sudden and poor, but if you like your entertainment to include ghoulies (and who doesn't), this is well worth checking out.

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