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Turn of the Screw [VHS]
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Additionally, some reviewers fail to understand that the music score includes frequent use of eerie percussion cues, which several people on Amazon have mistakenly referred to as sound effects. The music very much adds to the moody, mysterious atmosphere.
This program was shot for ABC-TV's "Wide World of Entertainment" series, originally airing in 1974. It is not a British production but was shot in England. The late Lynn Regrave was a fine actress and viewers should look at this like a stage play and not expect a cinematic film experience. On that level it succeeds admirably considering the budgetary limitations. The richness of shooting in a genuine old estate - no phony studio sets here -- is another plus.
Dan Curtis directed this made-for-TV adaptation of Henry James' famous novella in 1974. The production is obviously low-budget and some images and sound effects are technically inept - in the "storm" scene there is no storm; the sun is shining somewhere up above. The menacing presence of "them" (you know what I am talking about) are not menacing enough; they look like actors with special make-ups - but that is not really the problem of this version.
In spite of some nice visual tricks, Dan Curtis' film is not creepy or psychologically insightful enough. The ambiguity of the original book is totally gone. Look how the governess talking back to her employer, the children's uncle, calling him "dreadful." Her repressed sexual desire is part of her (over)eagerness to "protect her" children, but the film discards one of the most intriguing parts of James' story.
Instead, materials are added to the plot that should be simple, but they result in the film's most unconvincing (and sometimes boring) scenes. When young boy Miles should be a "perfect" and "innocent" child, in her eyes at least, the film describes him as cold-hearted animal torturer. Clearly the boy is not "innocent" in the way the governess would want him to be (neither is Flora, who can be insensitive to the dead frog), but Ms. Cubberly is too slow to understand what is so obvious to us.Read more ›
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Love the Turn of the Screw story. This particular version was a gift and I haven't heard if it was well received or not. magarrityPublished 16 months ago by Mary A. Garrity
With superb, almost supernatural acting and the direction of Dan Curtis, this story
is brought to the not very faint-hearted to be viewed in good company on dark shadowy... Read more
MPI's DVD edition of this video feature has serious audio problems: the dialogue is distorted and impossible to make out, like a radio with very poor reception. Read morePublished on March 8, 2006 by Peter W. Many
Although the plot stayed somewhat close to the Henry James' story the director certaintly took his creative license and ran. Read morePublished on November 25, 2001
The majority of the feature takes place in the countryside near Essex, in Great Britain. The haunted grounds of Bligh House give one the idea of mystery. Read morePublished on December 10, 1999 by Alec Austin
Turn of the Screw is a horror film based on the idea of two deceased adults who have come back from the dead to try to steal the soul's of two children whom they knew while they... Read morePublished on December 10, 1999 by Jenny M
The movie The Turn of the Screw is definetely not one fit for the years top ten list. With its fake scenery, bad music, and bad acting, the movie keeps getting worse, right from... Read morePublished on December 9, 1999 by Marie Brooks
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