The Innocents (1961)
Director: Jack Clayton
Main Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins
Storyline: A young governess over two children believes that the area in which she keeps in haunted.
Review (Spoils): A young Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) has been hired to look after two young children Flora and Miles. When she governing over them she comes to the conclusion that the grounds are haunted by former governess and valet and the children are in danger. Miss Giddens starts to see shadowy figures, hearing voices, visions of woman, the children start to act funny and in a sexual way but is it really happening or is it all in her head.
This film is great as it plays on “what is the truth and what is really happening? “. Are the children really possessed or is the care giver insane? The film plays on what the audience thinks and what is portrayed on the screen. The opening and the ending help lead to the plot and it is a nice added touch as the film is actually pretty horrific for its time. Not to ruin too much of the film, if you need a film that makes you think this is one of them. The film is full of mood and little voices.
Rating: Based from the book The Turn of the Screw this film drips in atmosphere. The beautiful leading actress Deborah Kerr stands out as you cannot decide if she is the one that is haunted in the mind or is it the children. This film is actually a classic and very creepy go check it out if you have not. Not many haunting ghost film can stand out like this one.