Thursday, March 12, 2015

#550: The Innocents

Directed by: JACK CLAYTON
1961, TSPDT Rank #405

Here's a film that I've been meaning to see for years, as a big horror enthusiast. It's a very strange and unsettling film based on Henry James' novel "The Turn of the Screw", and featuring masterful usage of black and white cinematography, editing, lighting, and sound design. With a screenplay co-written by Truman Capote, the film is a potent mixture of Henry James' signature examination of peoples' perceptions of others with a lot of twisted psychosexual overtones. A very deceptive and haunting ghost story - highly recommended to fans of understated horror. I won't say anymore about it, so as to preserve the experience of watching it yourself... alone... in the dark...

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