The Innocents (1961)

October 20, 2017

Fearter rating: 7/10

A great, old, spooky film that stands the test of time.   

 

Review (no spoilers)

An old black and white film from back in the day might not sound that appealing. However, The Innocents still holds its own despite its age. 

This movie has the creepiest opening credits of any film I've seen - I can't imagine what I'd have been like watching that in the cinema today, let alone 50 years ago! 

 

This film is gothic horror and it epitomises everything that this sub genre is about. Big houses, long dark corridors, creepy kids and hauntings a plenty. To me, it looks like scenes in this movie may have inspired many others such as Insidious, The Conjuring 2, Rosemary's Baby, The Others, The Woman in Black and probably many more. 

 

The acting is good (particularly the young boy), the plot makes sense and it's very well made. 

 

The reason this doesn't score more highly is because although it is creepy and spooky, it isn't scary - which is in part due to its age. Also the end is a bit abrupt.

 

This is definitely worth watching though. A classic which (unlike many) still holds its own in this modern world of ours. 

 

 

 

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