The Innocents (1961)
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Easily one of the greatest ghost films of all time.
Terrific B&W Cinemascope cinematography (mumps notwithstanding), wonderful use of sound and music, and some of the creepiest ambiance ever to grace the screen.
Completely unnerving. It starts slow, but give it time and its haunting atmosphere will creep into your bones, and really scare you. It's been a while since I've seen a horror film this good.
A masterful piece of deceive, the puritan projection of the governess in a repressed society sees evil even in the innocent children. We look at then with her eyes. Classical psychoanalytical interpretation of the Henry James Novel.
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This movie ranks #18 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #27 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #27 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
This movie ranks #74 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #153 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #338 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #384 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #441 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #458 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #600 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #856 in The Criterion Collection