The Innocents (1961) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Innocents (1961)

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  • Release Date:  1961
  • Genre:  Creepy Kid, Devil & Demon & Hell, Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Jack Clayton
  • Screenwriter:  Henry James, John Mortimer, Truman Capote, William Archibald
  • Cast & Crew: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, and Isla Cameron.

The Innocents (1961)Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 10 / 10;
  • Raoul = 10 / 10;
  • Simina = 10 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.9/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.6/10.

The Innocents (1961) Synopsis:

A woman is offered a job as a nurse to keep two orphans. Soon, she will discover that the perfection behind the house and the children hides a terrible truth.

The Innocents (1961) Review:

Talking about “The Innocent”, I always get a bit emotional since it is one of the very few films that managed to affect me deeply. Needless to say, that film belongs in my top 10 films ever.

The Innocents starts in such a perfect and peaceful atmosphere. Everything is great, everyone is beautiful. Stumbling upon it, you couldn’t guess that it is a horror movie at this point. However quickly, small hints get you to think that something is fundamentally wrong. The story then slowly builds from that and the contrast between all this perfection and the feeling that something terrible is bound to happen is really unsettling. Within the first 30 minutes, you find yourselves immersed into a world of secrets, with a deep mystery feeling surrounding all story. An important part of the story unfolds quite early, in comparison with most ghost movies in which you just discover the truth at the end. This really beneficial here for it gives a second breath to the movie. From this moment on, you really live the rest of the story along with the main character, and suddenly find yourself sharing all of her torments.

The actors’ play is astonishing and the true strength of the film. The boy child, so angelic and devilish at the same time, delivers an unforgettable performance. The relation between the boy and the main character is my favorite aspect of the movie; it is deeply complex and acted to perfection. The final face-off is fascinating: verbal action at his best, you can’t possibly stop the film at any time in this last half of the film.

Overall, this movie really cleverly plays with contrasts to deliver a suspenseful and fascinating story. Often underrated, The Innocent is one of the greatest masterpieces of horror and cinema in general.

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