The Innocents ★★★★½

Halloween 2019 — 28/31

The Innocents is chilling. Cold, beautiful cinematography from Freddie Francis moves from claustrophobic vignetted shots to wides that make you strain to see ghostly apparitions. The atmosphere is thick. The script subtle and complex, able to be read in many ways. Its characters are phenomenally well-written, especially Deborah Kerr's Miss Giddens, well-meaning but repressed. There are several shots that frightened me despite not featuring anything particularly terrifying (a close-up of Martin Stephens after kissing Kerr really got under my skin). The Innocents had me in the palm of its hand and shook me in a way that few films do.