Spooky and very disturbing english, gothic thriller starring Deborah Kerr as a newly employed governess on a big old mansion who is slowly starting to feel uneasiness about the house and especially the children.
Michael Redgrave plays "The Uncle" of the children who hires Miss Giddens as the governess. Miss Giddens has the greatest time at first, and gets along very well with little Flora. Oddly, Flora seems to know before everybody else that Miles is soon going home, and oddly he gets suspended for some unknown reason and gets home. Miles, just like Flora, gets very fond of Miss Giddens. Miss Giddens start to get creepy feelings and "see" people, like a man on the roof. She learns from the housemaid that a relative of the children, Peter Quint, used to live in the house before but died mysteriously outside the front door. Also the previous governess had died in the house. Apart from Miss Giddens herself, she gets a very strong feeling that the children see what she sees, but seem to like what they see. The children is showing some signs of really disturbed behavior.
This movie has an extremely creepy atmosphere! It amazes me how skillfully it's directed, taking advantage of every shadow available to make the environment appear as gruesome as possible.
Director Jack Clayton decided to downplay some of the sexual elements in the original book by Henry James (The Turn of the Shrew), and add an important twist in the end as well (a twist different people chose to see in different ways), which is perhaps the reason why this movie is so memorable.