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The Innocents

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2230295

  • Credits
    Deborah Kerr, Deborah J. Kerr-Trimmer, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin, Peter Wyngarde
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The great Deborah Kerr ghost classic..."
    USA Today

    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."
    Premiere

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Jack Clayton's genuinely sinister Victorian ghost movie is a British cinema classic."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Jack Clayton's 1961 black-and-white chiller remains the definitive English horror film."
    Uncut

    "Clayton's superbly unsettling chiller derives its potency from restraint and near-subliminal suggestion."
    Sight and Sound

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