Horror/Suspense, Classic, Ghosts, Thriller, Supernatural, Victorian Era, Theatrical Release, Based On A Novel
Innocents Criterion Collection Blu-ray Disc Description
Based on Henry James's TURN OF THE SCREW, THE INNOCENTS is a chilling psychological horror film about a woman, Miss Giddens (Kerr), who takes a position as governess for two orphans in a stately Victorian home. Alone with the children and only a few servants, Miss Giddens soon begins to see what she believes to be ghosts and begins to suspect that the children's increasingly bizarre behavior may be the result of some supernatural power. When she learns the fate of the house's previous governess and valet, Miss Giddens takes it upon herself to rescue the children from the supernatural being that seems to have them in its grips, all the while questioning her own sanity. Ms. Kerr's nuanced performance, possibly the best of her career, and Mr. Francis's atmospheric cinematography help make this a true horror classic.
Note: Introduction by cultural historian Christopher Frayling Audio commentary featuring Frayling New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2006 with Francis, editor Jim Clark, and script supervisor Pamel Mann Francis Trailer
Widescreen - 2.35
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