The Power of Color

        In the 1961 horror film, The Innocents, directed by Jack Clayton and based on Henry Jamesís 1898 The Turn of the Screw, no color is present. The black and white film has no effect like those movies produced today in color. The special effects and techniques used by popular producers today such as M. Night Shayamalan, who directed the film The Sixth Sense, make a film captivating. Black and white films at this time could not show gore and graphics, like those in color films.

        In the film The Innocents, the actors really pulled the movie together, and made it an effective horror film. With limited resources, the film makers had a lot of stress on them to pick the perfect actors, but they did just that by choosing Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) the caretaker of the young children, Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens). Miss Giddens believes that the children have become mentally disturbed by ghosts, who are a couple that had lived in the house previously. Miss Giddens often feels as if she is hallucinating when she sees ghosts surrounding the children and shadows appearing in various rooms and places in the house. She is convinced that the children can see these images as well, and that they will continue to haunt them as long as they live there.

        No one can say whether or not these ghosts were real or not in the film. It is one personís word over anotherís, and it makes for an interesting horror film. The suspense kept me interested, and I surprisingly enjoyed watching the film. I always expect less when it comes to watching a movie based on a book; however, after reading The Turn of the Screw, by James Henry, I found that movie quite up to par.

Rebecca Cross