The Innocents

The Innocents ★★★★½

Part of Hooptober
Film #32 of 40

From the opening with a blank screen and that eerie lullaby sung by a little girl, I was frightened. That sets the mood right from the start and I promise you it sure as hell won't let up. It oozes with the creepiest, most oppressive atmosphere, the child acting is class (are they fucking creepy or what), so is Deborah Kerr's theatrical performance, and the stark, deep-focus b&w cinematography is so gorgeous to look at coupled with an incredibly elegant use of shadows and lights. I love the simplicity and ambiguity of the whole thing. Some of the imagery on display here is absolutely bone-chilling. In conclusion, this scared the shit out of me.

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