The Innocents Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 559

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 63

Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1961

Language: English

Genre: Horror, Thriller

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Jack Clayton

Actors: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin

Plot: Based on the classic short story "The Turn of the Screw" a governess in Victorian England arrives at an estate and is given full control in how to raise the two children there. However, soon after arriving, she becomes convinced the ghosts of the former governess and valet are possessing the children. -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/11/2020

One of the many reasons "The Innocents" works is because it was shot in timeless and creepy black & white. It's one of the very top melodramatic gothic horrors.

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/30/2012

The Innocents is one of the best adaptations of the often-imitated ghost story, Turn of the Screw. The film uses powerful performances - not only from Deborah Kerr, but from the incredible child actors - and slow-building tension to create some of the creepiest and scariest scenes in a horror film. Dark and poignant.

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60’s gothic horror at its best.

Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/31/2019

“We lay my love and I, beneath the weeping willow. But now alone I lie and weep beside the tree. Singing "Oh willow waly" by the tree that weeps with me. Singing "Oh willow waly" till my lover return to me. We lay my love and I beneath the weeping willow. A broken heart have I. Oh willow I die, oh willow I die…”

‘The Innocents’ is pure terror. The best horror movie experience I had in awhile, especially watching this in the dark which scared me stiff. When your imagination plays a massive part in filling in the blanks. The movie isn’t just loud noises for cheap thrills, but tackles the feeling of paranoia and the unexplained through atmosphere - filmed in a moody and yet beautiful black and white.

Everything from the opening scene which was a black screen with a child …

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beneath the weeping willow

Jacob Zembower - wrote on 09/11/2014

One of the greatest psychological horror films of all time. The Innocents is so elegantly creepy, sometimes downright chilling, and features some the greatest editing and black and white photography you'll ever see. Deborah Kerr gives a marvelous performance, as she slowly descends in madness, are the spirits real? Or is it just her imagination? The child actors also deliver great performances as well, they are as creepy and calculating as can be, and never come across amateurish or hard to believe. A film very ahead of time (a certain shocking kiss baffles as to how it was even able to get released back in 61.) On top of all of this, The Innocents still holds up today when it comes to a thick and sinister atmosphere, and more than a few downright haunting sequences. A classic …

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