The Innocents (Jack Clayton, UK, 1961)

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An elegant, sinister and scalp-prickling ghost story - as scary in its way as Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist.
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

For Halloween, one of the best British films of all time.  

Young and inexperienced Miss Giddens, (Deborah Kerr) is employed by a wealthy bachelor as governess for his orphaned nephew and niece, Miles and Flora. 

Feeling isolated within the oppressive confines of the gloomy country estate, Miss Giddens gradually becomes convinced that the children’s precociousness is something far more sinister…

Beautifully shot in starkly atmospheric black and white, and adapted by Truman Capote from Henry James’ celebrated novella, The Turn of the Screw, this psychological horror is an absolute classic of British cinema – and a far cry from the more gaudy offerings from the Hammer studio.