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.
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.
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.
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This movie ranks #18 in 100 Best British films
This movie ranks #23 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
This movie ranks #27 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
This movie ranks #74 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #153 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #384 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #390 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #445 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #458 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #596 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #854 in The Criterion Collection