#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children. Miss Giddens decides to help the children to face and exorcise the spirits.
Plot: A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
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A Classic Horror With Atmosphere
Based on the novella “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James, a young governess (Deborah Kerr) for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
As outsiders looking in as voyeurs, we are left wondering about what the governess sees: are the children possessed? Or perhaps they have become friends with ghosts? Or is the governess simply paranoid? The film keeps us guessing, which only adds to its creepiness.
This title has the distinction of featuring the debut of Pamela Franklin, here playing the child Flora, who would later be memorable in “The Legend of Hell House”. She expertly presents herself as innocent (hence the title) while saying creepy lines such as, “Oh, look, a lovely spider! And it’s eating a butterfly.” Did this inspire Jack Hill’s “Spider Baby”?
The film has received wide critical acclaim for its psychological thrills and also its technological achievements (cinematographer Freddie Francis made the lightning his number one focus, and also shot the film in layers, giving it a deeper look than most movies). No less than Martin Scorsese has listed it among the greatest horror films ever made.
Freddie Francis is in top form here, coming off his Oscar win for “Sons and Lovers” (1960). His mark on the horror genre would only increase in the following years, as he took the director’s chair for Amicus and Hammer numerous times in the 60s and 70s.
Today I watched one of my favourite horror films which never fails to amaze me. The movie is so effective even on multiple viewings. This is the movie which I see as a landmark for slow burner horror movies and the movie to which I always compare other slow burner movies.
One of the surprising things about this movie are the performances of the children. I am never satisfied with performances of children in horror movies. What may be a creepy child seems often lame to me. But in this movie, the children often seem possessed. And not in the over the top way of many other movie, but in the sense that these children seem like they are not aware of what they are saying, they seem controlled. That is not apparent in the beginning of course but later on, it becomes clear that there is something wrong with the children.
I know many people are divided on the exact interpretation of the ending (and most of the movie). When I read the synopsis of the original story, I understand one thing. Abuse. Abuse is supposedly hinted at, in Turn of the screw. It is probable for abused children to develop split personalities, talk and behave like their abusers. When you look at in that angle, the possibility that it could all be real is available. Not that it has to be possession exactly. It could be mental illness for the children. I don’t exactly buy that the governess was crazy, that is too simplistic when you consider all that we see in the movie. Even if you think that, what can explain the behaviour of the children? Personally I look at it as a straight forward creepy ghost story with the ghosts being able to control the minds of the people who they influenced while alive.
The movie is incredibly atmospheric. Every scene near the lake are excellent, for example. No over the top scenes or jump scares here. The music is mostly minimalist except in few key scenes. And that creepy song is played throughout. The performances of the children and Deborah Kerr are amazing. I have not seen other movies of hers but she totally floored me in this one.
There is a stylish ending which again may be vague for most people but it is highly effective. Even for today’s standards, there are certain elements which people may find disturbing. But there are no scenes of violence or nudity.
This has ended in my top 10 horror movies.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Jack Clayton
Writer Henry James (based on the story “The Turn of the Screw”), John Mortimer (additional scenes & dialogue), William Archibald (screenplay), Truman Capote (screenplay)
Actors Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave
Awards Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
Production Company Twentieth Century Fox, Achilles
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Bausch & Lomb Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope
Printed Film Format 35 mm