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The Turn of the Screw (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Thriller | Drama  -  15 April 1974 (USA)
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An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

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John Barron ...
Mr. Fredricks
Eva Griffiths ...
Flora (as Eva Griffith)
Jasper Jacob ...
Megs Jenkins ...
Anthony Langdon ...
Luke (as Anthony Lagdon)
James Laurenson ...
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Miss Jane Cubberly
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Miss Jessel (as Kathryn Scott)
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Timothy 'Tim'
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An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

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Most of the musical score was initially composed for another Dan Curtis TV production, the gothic series Dark Shadows (1966). See more »

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Flora: Darkness is a shroud to cover.
Miles: Darkness is the cloak, beware.
Flora: We do not fear the vast of blackness.
Miles: We wear shadows in our hair.
Flora: Darkness calls us to a reckoning.
Miles: Call us to its close embrace.
Flora: We shall soon be there to meet it.
Miles: Though we cannot see its face.
Flora: In the dark, the raid of the ghost.
Miles: And the coffin cannot hold.
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Version of The Turn of the Screw (1959) See more »

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Very creepy.
26 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This version of Henry James' novel of the same name was directed by Dan Curtis--the same guy who brought us the TV show "Dark Shadows". During the 60s and 70s, Curtis was responsible for several exceptional made for TV horror movies--including ones about Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr. Jekyll. "The Turn of the Screw" is one of his lesser-known horror tales. And, like these others, it's exceptional and well worth seeing. And, when I checked IMDb, I noticed that there have been TONS of other versions of the story--including the 1961 film "The Innocents".

The story is told from the governess' (Lynn Redgrave) viewpoint and she narrates the film as well. She is given the job of looking after the niece and nephew of a man who has absolutely no interest in them--and he even tells the governess that! When she goes to this house in the country, she finds that the little girl is very sweet and all seems well. Soon the boy is expelled from school and the governess decides to keep him there and teach him herself. However, it's odd the school never explained WHY he was expelled and the teen never discusses it either. Still, everything seems pretty normal. But, over time, the governess begins seeing apparitions--ghosts of the old governess and master of the house. She learns that the pair are dead--and it CAN'T be them she keeps seeing. But, she also notices that the more the spirits appear, the more vile and bizarre the children's' behavior--particularly the boy. What eventually follows is a struggle between the governess and the ghosts for possession of the children. Who is to win?

The best thing about the film isn't the plot (which isn't bad), but the very creepy mood that Curtis is able to create. The slow brooding pace works well and I was impressed that the story was very close to the original story. A very creepy horror story--one that is well worth your time. Also, there's a nice featurette on the DVD--featuring interviews with Lynn Redgrave and Dan Curtis. Very interesting and I recommend you see it as well.


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