The Turn of the Screw: 9 Notable Film Adaptations Base on Henry James 1898 Novella

by RileyOnFilm | created - 2 weeks ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

I just saw "The Turning" with the sexy and amazing Mackenzie Davis. In researching for my podcast, I found there have been a ton of film and tv adaptations of Henry James 1989 novella on film and tv! These are some of the most noteworthy I have run across. There are probably more out there ... In this list I'm only including feature films. Paticularly anticipating: The Haunting of Bly Manor" a new season to the Netflix Mike Hanagan show "The Haunting of Hill House." It us, as he says an adaptation as well!

-Damien of “Riley on Film.” podcast & blog

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1. The Turn of the Screw (1992)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman is hired by a wealthy but sinister man to tutor his two children at the family's isolated estate. When the woman gets there, she finds that the two children are not quite what... See full summary »

Director: Rusty Lemorande | Stars: Patsy Kensit, Stéphane Audran, Julian Sands, Marianne Faithfull

Votes: 459

3. The Turning (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

35 Metascore

A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after their parents' deaths. A modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw."

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Barbara Marten

Votes: 2,704

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5. The Nightcomers (1971)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and the children she looks after.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird, Harry Andrews

Votes: 1,885

6. The Turn of the Screw (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A naive and sexually repressed young governess is haunted by the ghosts of previous occupants of a mansion.

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Michelle Dockery, Eva Sayer, Josef Lindsay, Dan Stevens

Votes: 1,012

7. Nightmare Classics (1989)
Episode: The Turn of the Screw (1989)

56 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A governess is hired to look after two neglected children, who show signs of having been corrupted by the insidious influence of the groom Peter Quint. Quint, although hanged for murder, ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Amy Irving, David Hemmings, Balthazar Getty, Micole Mercurio

Votes: 75

8. The Turn of the Screw (1974 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Lynn Redgrave, Megs Jenkins, John Barron, Anthony Langdon

Votes: 212

9. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

88 Metascore

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 24,804 | Gross: $2.62M

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