The Nightcomers Reviews

  • May 07, 2018

    A very good hommage to The Turn of the Screw (and Jack Clayton's The Innocents). Marlon Brando is awesome, and ...fearsome.

    A very good hommage to The Turn of the Screw (and Jack Clayton's The Innocents). Marlon Brando is awesome, and ...fearsome.

  • Jul 25, 2017

    A truly awful film with a laughably awful script and a plethora of awkward, often perverted scenes that borderlines sexism, with terrible direction by Michael Winner (more like "Michael Loser" in this case), not to mention Marlon Brando's comically disastrous Irish accent. Ruins Jack Clayton's masterpiece "The Innocents." The only redeeming factor is the score, which deserves a better film.

    A truly awful film with a laughably awful script and a plethora of awkward, often perverted scenes that borderlines sexism, with terrible direction by Michael Winner (more like "Michael Loser" in this case), not to mention Marlon Brando's comically disastrous Irish accent. Ruins Jack Clayton's masterpiece "The Innocents." The only redeeming factor is the score, which deserves a better film.

  • Jun 04, 2015

    Marlon Brando gives a surprisingly restrained performance in a rather silly prequel to The Turn of the Screw.

    Marlon Brando gives a surprisingly restrained performance in a rather silly prequel to The Turn of the Screw.

  • Apr 18, 2015

    To my mind, one of the most underrated films of all time, due entirely to the fact that reviewers, amateur and professional, just cannot face reality squarely. It is an unqualified masterpiece that speaks of, among other things, the impressionability of children, the necessity of intimacy over artificiality, the brutal reality of sex over the dreaminess of what we merely wish for, the question of death and what it is and many other issues including class questions. This prequel to The Innocents (the film version of the gothic Henry James novel, "The Turn of the Screw") brilliantly answers the question of how Flora and Miles came to be possessed by the spirits of the gardener and governess and it does so in a non-mystical way that sits side by side with the mystical notions of it, which it cleverly dismisses. This act explains the underlying nature of Henry James's sideways attack on the conventions of his day and strips "The Innocents" of its reality-substitute. Such substitutes will never be enough for us to live life in reality. "Last Tango In Paris" was a kind of bookend to this but Tango was far too literal. This metaphoric telling of life and death as it really is should have been celebrated. It would have and will continue to be but not by coward;u crybabies who can't or won't face life.

    To my mind, one of the most underrated films of all time, due entirely to the fact that reviewers, amateur and professional, just cannot face reality squarely. It is an unqualified masterpiece that speaks of, among other things, the impressionability of children, the necessity of intimacy over artificiality, the brutal reality of sex over the dreaminess of what we merely wish for, the question of death and what it is and many other issues including class questions. This prequel to The Innocents (the film version of the gothic Henry James novel, "The Turn of the Screw") brilliantly answers the question of how Flora and Miles came to be possessed by the spirits of the gardener and governess and it does so in a non-mystical way that sits side by side with the mystical notions of it, which it cleverly dismisses. This act explains the underlying nature of Henry James's sideways attack on the conventions of his day and strips "The Innocents" of its reality-substitute. Such substitutes will never be enough for us to live life in reality. "Last Tango In Paris" was a kind of bookend to this but Tango was far too literal. This metaphoric telling of life and death as it really is should have been celebrated. It would have and will continue to be but not by coward;u crybabies who can't or won't face life.

  • Mar 23, 2014

    Brando is mesmerizing ! An very good movie not to be missed...

    Brando is mesmerizing ! An very good movie not to be missed...

  • Dec 16, 2013

    Original prequel to Henry James classic with good setting ad gorgeous cinematography--Brando still in Last Tango mode!!

    Original prequel to Henry James classic with good setting ad gorgeous cinematography--Brando still in Last Tango mode!!

  • May 20, 2011

    [50/C-] There are some promising elements here amid the creepy under-processed Gothic atmosphere, including an interesting sado-masochistic premise to James' Turn Of The Screw, but precious little is actually realized beyond some pretty shots of the English estate (and Ms. Beacham's bosom). Whatever mystery and force the movie manages to muster come from Brando alone, who is rather good as a seedy, vulgar, aimless gardener with an appetite for the fair governess. Their ambiguous relationship, key as it is within the theme of the story, deserved far more methodical interpretation and development, but there's little room for any psychological penetration with this kind of hackwork cinema. All too often, the movie flounders upon extremely vapid directorial decisions, amateurish editing, unimaginative cameras, and the empty over-use of incidental music. On the flip side, it is a testament to Brando's visceral power as an actor that his knavish and colorful Peter Quint character keeps us watching throughout. One can only speculate how devilishly enjoyable it all could have been with someone like Ken Russell at the helm.

    [50/C-] There are some promising elements here amid the creepy under-processed Gothic atmosphere, including an interesting sado-masochistic premise to James' Turn Of The Screw, but precious little is actually realized beyond some pretty shots of the English estate (and Ms. Beacham's bosom). Whatever mystery and force the movie manages to muster come from Brando alone, who is rather good as a seedy, vulgar, aimless gardener with an appetite for the fair governess. Their ambiguous relationship, key as it is within the theme of the story, deserved far more methodical interpretation and development, but there's little room for any psychological penetration with this kind of hackwork cinema. All too often, the movie flounders upon extremely vapid directorial decisions, amateurish editing, unimaginative cameras, and the empty over-use of incidental music. On the flip side, it is a testament to Brando's visceral power as an actor that his knavish and colorful Peter Quint character keeps us watching throughout. One can only speculate how devilishly enjoyable it all could have been with someone like Ken Russell at the helm.

  • Aj V Super Reviewer
    Sep 05, 2010

    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.

    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.

  • Aug 07, 2010

    A decent bit of darkly comic horror.

    A decent bit of darkly comic horror.

  • Jun 26, 2010

    This prequel to "Turn of the Screw" is a quirky, moody film that doesn't really work but is saved from failure by Brando's presence. Watch "The Innocents" an excellent adaptation of "Turn of the Screw" instead.

    This prequel to "Turn of the Screw" is a quirky, moody film that doesn't really work but is saved from failure by Brando's presence. Watch "The Innocents" an excellent adaptation of "Turn of the Screw" instead.