Do You Believe in Ghosts?

        In the 1961 horror film, The Innocents, directed by Jack Clayton and based on Henry James’s 1898 The Turn of the Screw, there was a discrepancy between Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) and the children Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens) as to whether the ghosts were real.

        The movie begins with a new caretaker for the children, Flora and Miles, coming to the house and experiencing uneasiness about the house and aura that the present house workers give off. She was first introduced to Flora. Miss Giddens was convinced that she was hearing someone talking as she was approaching the girl; however, upon arrival, Flora dismisses the idea. It was not long after she had met Flora (Pamela Franklin) that they were off to pick up Flora’s brother, Miles. Miss Giddens was not sure what to think of him from the start. He was always eluding her to be away and alone with his sister and the more that they were away the more that Miss Giddens’ suspicions rose. Miss Giddens began to see more and more apparitions or figments of her imagination. She began pushing those feelings onto the children as her attempt to prove to herself that she indeed was not crazy. However, the more she pushed her feelings and apprehensions on the children, the more they feared her in return.

        The fear of ghosts is a common apprehension of many people in the world today. Are they real, are they just your imagination, or are they hallucinations that deem one to be crazy? For the workers in the film The Innocents the ghosts had become a day-to-day happening, and the sight of a ghost did not faze the workers at all; however, for someone who has never been experienced to that sort of hallucination would make them think twice about their sanity. So what do you think…Do you believe in ghosts?

Brittany Hall