Henry James was considered a great writer. Of course, the writing style of the time was very verbose and probably somewhat difficult on modern readers. James wrote one supernatural ghost story, THE TURN OF THE SCREW. I enjoyed the book, but I will admit that I did have problems with the extremely verbose style James chose. The story of a former governess and a former gardener, both now dead, planning to inhabit the bodies of two children so they can live again is scary on its own. Then, this film came out in 1961, my senior year in high school. The only actor/actress I knew of in this film was the star, the new governess, Deborah Kerr. What a beautiful woman!!!! I was floored!!! No hideous monsters, no graphic gore, no graphic sex and nothing really terrifying visually. Yet, the actors, the director and the screenwriters have created a truly terrifying experience with mood, camera angle and "innocent" scenes that bring gooseflesh to your arms and cause the hair at the back of your neck tingle. The only other horror film that affected me this strongly was the 1963 version of THE HAUNTING. This is available to rent and/or to buy and it's usually fairly cheap on DVD because it doesn't have the monsters or special effects so important to today's horror film fans. This is a great one, though. My second favorite horror film of all time.
"If I should die before I wake," says 8-year-old Flora, kneeling at her bedside, "I pray the Lord my soul to take. Miss Giddens," she asks her new governess, "where would the Lord take my soul to?" "To heaven," Miss Giddens tells her. "Are you certain," Flora asks. "Oh, yes, of course, because you are a very good girl." … more
I am retired military. I served 6 years of Navy, nearly 6 years of Air Force, and just over 22 years of Air National Guard. I also was a full time technician for the Air Guard for just over 21 years. … more
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