Directed by JACK CLAYTON
Starring DEBORAH KERR, PETER WYNGARDE, and MEG JENKINS
Miss Giddens figures out that the ghosts are possessing the children as a means of keeping in contact with each other. She comes to believe that if the children admit that they see the ghosts they will be freed from possession. Miss Giddens tries to tend to the children despite being frightened by bumps in the night and ghoulish apparitions.
One night when she checks on Flora she finds Miles roaming the gardens. When she brings him inside and tries to put him back to bed he kisses her in an entirely inappropriate manner, which reinforces what Miss Giddens believes about the children's possession.
When the children's behavior inexplicably worsens, Miss Giddens unsuccessfully confronts Flora about the presence of Miss Jessel. When that doesn't work Miss Giddens sends Flora and Mrs. Grose away, along with all of the servants. Miss Giddens decides to confront Miles alone. Unfortunately her actions have chilling consequences.
Admittedly, I was surprised by just how creepy the film felt. The use of shadows and sound was surprisingly effective. The complicated camerawork and the black and white cinematography made the film especially eerie. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give this film (unlike other Blind Spots I've seen) is that this film stands the test of time. And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then 'The Innocents' should be very flattered. Countless films have emulated this film, the latest being 'The Conjuring.' 'In fact, the lullaby from this film was used in 'The Ring.'
The best part about 'The Innocents' is that the full movie is available on Youtube. This was fortunate because I could not find 'The Innocents' on Amazon or Netflix Instant. Now that Roku offers Youtube I was able to watch it on my television. I would definitely recommend watching 'The Innocents' on a dark and stormy night with some popcorn.