The Nightcomers (1972)
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Critic Reviews for The Nightcomers
Michael Winner's rare, ambitious film tries to reimagine the prequel to Henry James' famous novel and its characters, offering Marlon Brando one of his most malevolent and disturbing roles; a good companion piece to The Innocents.
Strips the artistry of the Henry James original and leaves us with a hairy, overweight, naked and sweating Brando brutally kneading Stephanie Beacham's breasts into new shapes
Michael Winner's film ends where James's tale begins, and it is a deflating attempt to flesh out that which was never meant to be fleshed out, describing in sordid detail the love affair between the mistress and the groundskeeper and how it affected the t
Audience Reviews for The Nightcomers
Marlon Brando gives a surprisingly restrained performance in a rather silly prequel to The Turn of the Screw.
I liked how this movie was strange and creepy, but I also didn't like this movie because it wasn't creepy enough and it was predictable in the end. It's an okay movie, but it could have been a lot better.
This is a semi-formed notion of a movie, a mess that limps from idea to idea without ever letting the audience in on any of them. Scenes of sado-masochistic perversion are spliced periodically throughout the course of a hideously written mystery story, none of it clear enough to add up to anything. Overall, the acting is dismal (with the exception of Brando, of course). The two children at the center of the story are painful to watch, and their low grade of acting is even more painful under such clueless direction. Brando makes some interesting character choices and he's always engaging to watch, but that's about all I have to say in favor of this one. Steer clear.
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