The rooms of the grand mansion within the film gave an eerie atmosphere, the large open, dark spaces gave the illusion that the character wasn't alone. The melodic music played throughout, related to the music box and Flora humming the tune, makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. The music drives the narrative and builds the tension to a dramatic climax of the uncanny. Bosley Crowther suggests, "Folks who have never seen a movie set in a scary old house, where the doors creak, the wind howls around corners, ghosts pace the long, dark halls and hideous, spectral faces appear in the windows at night, should find themselves beautifully frightened and even intellectually aroused by Jack Clayton's new picture . . ." (Crowther 1961) Crowther states The Innocents has all the classic elements a horror should and enlightens its audience with its visual and acoustic effects.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Clayton, Jack (1961) The Innocents Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Theinnocentsposters.jpg (Accessed on:3/12/11)
Figure 2. Clayton, Jack (1961) Deborah Kerr. At: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/oct/22/innocents-clayton-horror (Accessed on:3/12/11)
Figure 3. Clayton, Jack (1961) Deborah Kerr (Miss Giddens), Martin Stephens (Miles) and Palema Franklin (Flora). At: http://classic-film-tv.blogspot.com/2010/10/nuanced-terror-jack-claytons-innocents.html (Accessed on:3/12/11)
The New York Times Review Bosley Crowther (1961) The Innocents (1961). At: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9406E1DC153DEF32A25755C2A9649D946091D6CF&partner=Rotten Tomatoes (Accessed on:3/12/11)
The Guardian Andrew Pulver (2010) The Innocents: No 11 best horror film of all time. At: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/oct/22/innocents-clayton-horror (Accessed on:3/12/11)
Variety (1961) The Innocents. At: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117791964?refcatid=31 (Accessed on:3/12/11)