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The Innocents

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The Innocents

Apparitions? Evils? Corruptions? In one of screendom’s scariest supernatural shockers, a 19th century Governess (Deborah Kerr) takes charge of two children at a spooky country estate. But when disembodied voices and strange shadows fill the hallways, she becomes convinced her new charges are possessed by dark spirits. An atmospheric adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, The Innocents features a chilling screenplay co-written by Truman Capote, breathtaking CinemaScope cinematography by Freddie Francis, spectral sound design, and a tour-de-force performance from Kerr.

“An elegant, sinister and scalp-prickling ghost story – as scary in its way as Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“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.” – Kate Muri, The Times UK

Jack Clayton
Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin
Running Time
100 minutes

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