the innocents

Given that the horror genre is one that is driven primarily by the image and the experience rather than the dialogue or plotting, it comes as no surprise that many cinematographers have made their way to directing by working on low-budget horror films. It is rare, however, that a cinematographer is as well known for his entries in the horror genre as he is for his cinematography in classic mainstream films. Karl Freund was one of the first, and Freddie Francis is a close second.

When Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) accepts a governess job to look after a wealthy bachelor's niece and nephew, she begins to suspect that the children are being haunted by spirits who are causing them to act out. Directed by Jack Clayton, "The Innocents" relies heavily on minimal lighting and chilling sound and music effects to create a haunting atmosphere. If you are a fan of psychological horror rather than blood and guts, this one's for you. The film is based on the novel "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James.