Jack Clayton directed some of the most popular movies of all time. Yet, not many people know who this British director is. He passed away on February 26, 1995 leaving behind an amount of films he produced and directed. One of those films is The Innocents. Starring Deborah Kerr in this haunting 1961 movie, we are introduced to a governess who quickly learns the children who she cares for are not what they seem.
Miss Giddens applies for a job for bachelor. Not caring much about the fact that she has no experience, she gets the job. The children who she is assigned to look after are his niece and nephew who he doesn’t care much for. Miss Giddens learns that the previous governess died suddenly a year ago. Overlooking the tragic passing of the former governess, she forms friendships with the house staff. The job as governess starts off as normal and easy for Miss Giddens. The children are polite and friendly. However, their behavior scares her from time to time. The behavior of the children gets to her once the boy recites a disturbing poem and the girl dances strangely by the lake. All of these activities frighten Miss Giddens as death starts to be the for what the children have to say. Soon Miss Giddens learns that death comes more commonly that she thought in this family. Learning more from the children and the friends she has made, she finds out some of the close family have died. All of this finally leads up to an ending that still haunts Hollywood today.
The Innocents is just one of the many films that Jack Clayton directed in his lifetime. This terrifying 1961 classic is a ghost story that has an ending that many people don’t realize until the final scene. Jack Clayton passed away on February 26, 1995 leaving behind a quiet legacy of brilliant film work.