Day 2: The Innocents
Writer: Henry James (novel), John Mortimer (additional scenes), William Archibald and Truman Capote (screenplay)
Director: Jack Clayton
Year released: 1961
Overview: The film follows a governess who takes care of two children and discovers the house and the children are being haunted.
- The film The Innocents is based on Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw.
- The title of the movie comes from William Archibald’s stage adaptation of James’ novella. The word “The Innocents” is used twice in the film.
- Directors Martin Scorsese and Guillermo Del Toro both rank The Innocents as one of the most frightening films.
- Bright lamps and extreme lighting was used to create the sharp visuals.
- The film has influenced a range of artists, including Nine Inch Nails who imitated parts of it for their The Perfect Drug video, and a clip of audio from the film is used in the horror movie The Ring (2002).