Amazing movie, all the way around.
The Innocents is a 1961 British horror film based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The title of the film was taken from William Archibald's stage adaptation of James' novella. Directed and produced by Jack Clayton, it stars Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave and Megs Jenkins. Falling within the subgenre of psychological horror, the film achieves its effects through lighting, music, and direction rather than gore and conventional shocks. Its distinctive atmosphere owes much to cinematographer Freddie Francis, who employed deep focus in many scenes, as well as bold, minimal lighting. It was filmed on location at the gothic mansion of Sheffield Park in East Sussex. The film includes the first role in cinema for child actor Pamela Franklin.
Jack Clayton wanted the film to be distinct from the Hammer horror films of the period, and employed a number of devices to achieve this. He varied the distances between camera and objects, and employed black-and-white photography. For...