Innocents (Blu-ray)

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Description

Deborah Kerr stars in this 1961 adaptation of the psychological horror novella 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James. After coming to live with orphans Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens) in the mansion of their uncle (Michael Redgrave), their new young governess Miss Giddens (Kerr) becomes convinced that the children are possessed by evil spirits.

Product Details

Barcode
5035673010327
Department
Movies & TV
Released
23 Aug 2010
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Drama
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
BFI
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
100 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Innocents
Release Year
1961
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Horror/Suspense / Based On A Novel / Classic / Ghosts / Supernatural / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Victorian Era
Synopsis
Based on Henry James's TURN OF THE SCREW, THE INNOCENTS is a chilling psychological horror film about a woman, Miss Giddens (Kerr), who takes a position as governess for two orphans in a stately Victorian home. Alone with the children and only a few servants, Miss Giddens soon begins to see what she believes to be ghosts and begins to suspect that the children's increasingly bizarre behavior may be the result of some supernatural power. When she learns the fate of the house's previous governess and valet, Miss Giddens takes it upon herself to rescue the children from the supernatural being that seems to have them in its grips, all the while questioning her own sanity. Ms. Kerr's nuanced performance, possibly the best of her career, and Mr. Francis's atmospheric cinematography help make this a true horror classic.
Poster
Poster for Innocents
Cast & Crew
Director
Jack Clayton
Star
Pamela Franklin / Megs Jenkins / Deborah Kerr / Michael Redgrave / Peter Wyngarde
Screenwriter
William Archibald / Truman Capote
Source Writer
Henry James / Author: Henry James
Producer
Jack Clayton
Director of Photography
Freddie Francis
Editor
James B. Clark
Art Director
Wilfred Shingleton
Movie Critics
Premiere
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] stunning example of a now almost ignored truism of the horror genre: a movie need not show so much as the tiniest fleck of viscera to be absolutely terrifying."
Claire Evans (1 Nov 2005, p.116-117)
Sight and Sound
"Clayton's superbly unsettling chiller derives its potency from restraint and near-subliminal suggestion."
Matthew Leyland (1 Mar 2007, p.83)
Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "Jack Clayton's genuinely sinister Victorian ghost movie is a British cinema classic."
Total Film Staff (1 Mar 2007, p.127)
Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "Jack Clayton's 1961 black-and-white chiller remains the definitive English horror film."
Jonathan Romney (1 Mar 2007, p.121)
USA Today
"...The great Deborah Kerr ghost classic..."
Mike Clark (6 Nov 1995, p.5D)

Customer Reviews

Beautiful and Haunting

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Jack Clayton's "The Innocents" is a mesmerising film anchored by the splendid performance of Deborah Kerr and the two young lead child actors. The cinematographer Freddie Francis makes great use of the Cinemascope frame and deep focus photography. This is a creepy but beautiful film. The blu-ray itself is amazing. The picture transfer isn't the best but it's good. There are many extras including an audio commentary, a half-hour introduction and a short film, among other things. There is also a booklet included with the release. Wonderful.