Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Innocents (1961)

Based on the novella "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, which was originally published in London, England in 1898.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Martin Stephens, & Pamila Franklin

The Innocents

The Innocents

The Innocents

The Innocents

The Innocents

The Innocents

O Willow Waly



October Effigies said...

What a wonderful capture you made during the transition on the forth one down with the music box and the faces. All beautiful. Love the eerie songs in the film as well.

October Effigies said...

I just noticed the mp3 you had at the bottom! very lovely.

rebecca said...

Thank you, Kerry Kate. :)

I lovelovelove this film sooo much - it's on my top 5 list of all-time favorite films. There is practically nothing (that I can find) wrong with it, and it affects me just as strongly with each viewing.

One of the elements that I adore the very most, is the song. The film would have been totally different and far less creepy if the song wasn't in the film, or even if it was different, in my opinion. I hope other people notice the mp3 link, as you did.

rebecca said...

P.S. I have been meaning to mention what a superb touch you've added to the blog by including the player in the bottom right hand column with the ever-evolving film selections; particularly the current feature, HÄXAN, which is simply to die for!


Robin said...

This is such an amazing film! And it has one of my favorite ghost siting scenes every, the haunting Miss Jessel in the lake. Truly chilling. My husband got me a vintage one-sheet for "The Innocents" for Yule, the first year we were dating :-)

Unknown said...

i used to have part of that song on my answering machine [back when i actual had a land line]. it's the best way to start the film, to perfectly set the tone. this is one of my most favorite films ever.

in fact, i planed on watching it tonight. i lost my copy years ago + i just received my netflix selection yesterday. i guess you beat me to the punch, in terms of posting. you did a great job with you image selection, though. beautiful.

the only time i ever saw a real ghost was after the first time i watched the innocents.

October Effigies said...

Thanks Rebecca! I wasn't sure about the films since they play instantly. The music starts up and can be an annoyance at times. Especially for us who update a lot.. Let me know if it ever does and I will remove it :)

rebecca said...

Kerry Kate - It doesn't bother me at all (the autoplaying).

Micha - what was your ghost experience after watching The Innocents??


micha michelle said...

i woke up in the middle of the night and saw the silhouette of man walk across the room, at the foot of my bed. the room was pitch black, but the silhouette was some how blacker than pitch. at first i thought it was a real person. the figure seemed solid in form. i was scared to death.... frozen. all i could think was how did he get in? but as the figure crossed the room it gradually disappeared into the darkness. well i thought it was just prolly my imagination. me being creeped out by the innocents.

a year or so later i was chatting with two other girls that lived in my apartment complex. it was an old house built in the 1920's with only five apartments, [in washington state]. we somehow got on the subject of ghosts. the girl across the hall said she had sensed things in the building, as well as a couple of her friends. i told them my ghost story of the silhouette man + about all the crazy ouija board action as well. [that's a whole other story]. i think we sat there for about two/three hours swapping ghost stories.

the next day i ran into the girl that lived below me. she said, "i have something to tell you. i didn't say this yesterday because i didn't want to scare you." she said she saw the very exact same figure in her room about a month ago. it happened to her in almost the very same way + it was about a year from the exact time i first saw the silhouette man.

so i guess it was a real ghost + not just my imagination. i only saw him that once. i didn't see any ghosts the other night when i watched the innocents, but it still creeped me out.

* i just realized that "creeped" is not a real word.... but i use the term "creeped out" all the time. oh well, sometimes its the best phrase to use to describe a situation, even if it's not a real word.

cindy said...

i first watched this movie at a slumber party as a was the most fun slumber party ever! and of course we were all terrified by the movie and no one slept at all!

rebecca said...

Wow Micha! That's a crazy story! And it's funny because both my husband and I both have similar stories of blacker than black figures appearing at the foot of our beds when we were teenagers, though neither of our incidents were related to the Innocents. They were both related to Ouija board phenomena though, and I have theories about that, but that's another story. . .

Back to the Innocents, I am glad that so many people seem to have such profound memories of seeing it. It's a film that deserves it's reputation for inducing real fright.

Veronique Chevalier (formerly Cyphyre) said...

This blog - The Obscure Hollow - in general is one of the best I have ever encountered, but coupled with the fact that you have one of my all-time favourite films listed, well, words absolutely defy moi! I feel that I am now amongst the dearest of 'fiends' ever!

rebecca said...

thank you Veronique!

the Innocents is one of my all-time favorites too.


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I was scrolling hoping to see this one... one of my favorite "creepy Kid" films!!!!