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The Innocents (1961)

The Innocents
7.7 Rating
(164 ratings)
7.9 IMDB rating

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Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr

Miss Giddens
Peter Wyngarde

Peter Wyngarde

Peter Quint
Megs Jenkins

Megs Jenkins

Mrs. Grose
Michael Redgrave

Michael Redgrave

The Uncle
Clytie Jessop

Clytie Jessop

Miss Jessel


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A genuinely artistic thriller

1 year, 1 month ago at Mar 11 13:51
"But above anything else, I love the children."

Bestowing 1961's The Innocents with the label of "haunted house horror" is too simplistic, and the accuracy of such a description is debatable. An adaptation of Henry James' 1898 novella The Turn of the Shrew, this is a chilling horror feature that's notable for being brilliantly ambiguous. When released, The Innocents was billed by Tw... read more
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Description: In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children ... (more)
Release date: 1 November 1961
UPC: 024543202950
Horror (11), Thriller (7), 1960s (7), Ghost (6), 1961 (5), Haunted House (5), Gothic (5), Imagination (5), Based On Novel (5), Mansion (4), Housekeeper (4), Tortoise (4), Servant (4), Children (3), Possession (3), Hallucination (3), Garden (2), Haunting (2), Sexual Repression (2), Ghosts (2)
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"I saw The Innocents last night and I was quite impressed. The basic plot - A woman starts a new job as a governess to 2 children the nephew and niece of a wealthy businessman who frankly cannot be bothered to look after them. When she arrives at the estate she tries to make friends with the children. Later she finds out the former governess died and the children begin to act weird when an unknown man appears. Being an old black and white film there are no real effects or gore so it all relie"


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" Director: Jack Clayton Based on the novel 'The Turn Of The Screw' by Henry James Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave and Pamela Franklin In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are posse"


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A genuinely artistic thriller

“"But above anything else, I love the children."

Bestowing 1961's The Innocents with the label of "haunted house horror" is too simplistic, and the accuracy of such a description is debatable. An adaptation of Henry James' 1898 novella The Turn of the Shrew, this is a chilling horror feature that's notable for being brilliantly ambiguous. When released, The Innocents was billed by Twentieth Century Fox as a horror film for the adult moviegoer since it's a serious and intellectual piece of work, rather than anything salacious, profane or cheap. Like 1963's The Haunting and 2001's The Others, this is a film which methodically develops tension and atmosphere, relying on what is unseen rather than rubber monsters or special effects.

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