#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 2



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.


  1. The film The Innocents is based on Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw.
  2. 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.
  3. Directors Martin Scorsese and Guillermo Del Toro both rank The Innocents as one of the most frightening films.
  4. Bright lamps and extreme lighting was used to create the sharp visuals.
  5. 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).


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Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo is the author of short story collection Loteria and the young adult horror novel Santa Muerte published by Post Mortem Press. Her short stories and poems have appeared in DM, Weird Year, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror Magazine, Seedpod, Static Movement, and more. Pelayo is the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is currently at work on two novels and a series of short stories and poems. You can find her on Twitter at @cinapelayo or at cinapelayo.com