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Kerr plays governess to two children one of which may or may not be the victim of possession. Anything more would be giving it away.
Certainly in the top ten list of Horror/Ghost story films of all time, The Innocents compares favorably with "The Haunting" (the original '63 version). Kerr's spectral visions are as solid as the furniture -- they're just harder to find, and lot scarier; the film is an example of how little one needs to resort to SPFX when one knows how to make drama.
On the down side the original was photographed in lush monochrome cinemascope, and the only version released to date (that I'm aware of) is pan-an-scan, so you're missing about 40% of the image.
Still, even in this limited form, "The Innocents" is as scary as anything that's come out of Hollywood inthe last twenty years (er, I mean deliberately scarey -- the remake of The Haunting was scarey for all the wrong reasons).
Please let there be a DVD soon!
But in 1961, when this was made, storytelling still took a front seat in motion picture production. The whole point of a movie is to tell a story, not dazzle you with plotless, computer generated B-roll footage.
Marvelous sets, costumes and fine manners make this film a veritable recruitment tool for the 19th century, which appears indescribably beautiful. The performances are excellent and one can't help but think you'd never find a child actor today who could handle the dialogue as well as young Martin Stephens does here. In 1961, children were far better educated (especially in upper class England) than they are today; so finding an actor who could present adult dialogue with such subtlety and sophistication wasn't the problem it would be in 2014.
The only point on which I disagree with this film's producers is the use of birdsong in the opening and closing scenes, as well as in a few other places. It seems far too cheery and somewhat out of place, especially when used at night. Were I the film's director, I would have ordered the sound of wind blowing through the branches instead.
Nevertheless, this is a wonderful film, not to be missed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very dark and spooky movie. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Academy Award nominations: None.
March Boy nominations: Leading Actress-Deborah Kerr, Screenplay and Song “O Willow Waly. Read more
Downright scary! True to the original book.Don't watch alone at night with the lights off!Published 4 months ago by Kim Walker
I would want to begin with saying this is more of a psyco drama then a thriller.
This movie was shot in widescreen format black& white with mono soundtrack. Read more
This movie is well done and scary. If you are afraid of ghosts, do not watch this alone. The use of black and white film made this movie seem more eery than color would have done. Read morePublished 8 months ago by LSPalm
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