The Innocents - 1961
S P Oldham
You may remember me posting up a link to a list of black and white horror movies that are still "as scary as hell" that I found whilst browsing recently? 15 Black and White Horror Movies that Are as Scary as Hell by Wednesday Lee Friday on ScreenRant? Well, I thought I would take a look. I know logic implies that I should have started at number one but hey ho, I started with number 7.
Anyway, for what it is worth then yes, this move IS scary. Not in the modern, gore-filled, graphic sense no - if it was, I wouldn't have watched it! This is more a classic ghost story than a horror, and very much of its time of course, which should be borne in mind if you should chose to watch it too. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. It has the typical - and still well-loved by many- rattling old mansion house, two-thirds boarded up and unused, a skeleton (not literally) staff, two creepy kids and, naturally, a couple of eerie toys. Throw in lots of weird statues, shadowy rooms, perpetually open windows and curtains blowing in the wind, as well as plenty of darkness and the end result is, yes, creepy! There's even a creaking door! As a kid this would have put the spooks up me - it is atmospheric and well done. Deborah Kerr, who always struck me as a rather sweet lady, played the role of naive governess well, as you might expect. Peter Wyngarde's role is brief and fleeting, to say the least. As an adult I can still appreciate the creepily chilling atmosphere so I agree with the original list's author, this is scary - in the classic sense. I was a bit dodgy about the ending but if you haven't seen it I don't want to spoil it for you, so enough said, see what you think!
I intend to watch all of the movies on the list sooner or later, and will post my thoughts up as and when. I don't guarantee they will be in numerical order though!
Thoughts/opinions always welcome. Thanks for reading.