The Innocents (1961)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Haunted House Film, Gothic Film, Supernatural Horror  |   Release Date - Nov 24, 1961 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Richard Gilliam

The Innocents is strong proof that low-violence, atmospheric horror films were not invented by The Blair Witch Project. Based on Henry James's novella The Turn of the Screw, the film wisely leaves in doubt how much what occurs may be supernatural, and how much may be in the mind of the protagonist (Deborah Kerr). It's all the more frightening for what isn't shown, and it has endured as one of the screen's best psychological dramas. Truman Capote, whose work often dealt with repressed sexuality, was among the screenwriters. The pacing from director Jack Clayton creates a confining intensity that allows Kerr to magnify her performance. This is a very scary movie, without any of the gimmicks often associated with the horror genre.