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The Innocents Reviews

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September 17, 2017
Acutely unnerving, magnificently played, and just plain gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 22, 2015
It creeps slowly up on the viewer: a drip-feed of fear fed by creaks, eerie children and shadowy demonic figures on the periphery of this world and the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2014
Having Truman Capote adapt Henry James's The Turn of the Screw (two taxonomists of beasts in the jungle of the Id), is an act of genuine inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 1, 2014
This classic ghost tale is based on Henry James' 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 17, 2014
the beauty enhances the dread by intensifying our sense of how feeble even the most luminous of surfaces can be in hiding the horrors beneath, which is appropriate for a film awash in Freudian subtext
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 6, 2014
You can watch 'The Innocents' twice and walk away with different conclusions. Psychological horrors have imitated its ambiguous ending ever since. Few have pulled it off half as creepily.
October 6, 2014
Kerr's performance vibrates with complicated tension and vulnerability, as she communicates the internal life of a woman constantly at war with herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2014
That rare ghost story that fires on all cylinders: it's tremendously acted, sensationally photographed in deep-focus black and white, sumptuously produced and, best, genuinely frightening.
September 23, 2014
This is a space with ample room for both the living and the dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 16, 2013
Oozing ambiguity, Jack Clayton's shimmering gem is a masterclass in suggestion, a flawless evocation of the uncanny which pits the subconscious against the supernatural to genuinely hair-raising effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 13, 2013
A crackling, eerie, coldly beautiful account of the novel, which reveals new subtleties and meanings every time you go back.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 13, 2013
If you've never seen Jack Clayton's 1961 adaptation of Henry James's Turn of the Screw, hurl yourself into a cinema ASAP.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 12, 2013
An elegant, sinister and scalp-prickling ghost story - as scary in its way as Rosemary's Baby or The Exorcist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 12, 2013
The ambiguity of Henry James's story is all here, along with a horrible seam of rottenness ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 12, 2013
One of cinema's great ghost stories is also an essay on the psychological realities of film acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 12, 2013
So much is suggested, and so little shown.
October 7, 2013
The film bristles with menace as it draws you inexorably towards its chilling conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 9, 2012
One of the creepiest films ever made.
June 9, 2011
A brilliant, atmospheric supernatural thriller with a superb central performance by Deborah Kerr.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2011
...sends shivers down the backbone, playing the vertebrae like a skeletal hand tapping on a xylophone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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