After the Grand Guignol horror of William Castle’s lurid 13 Ghosts, time to go down a more subtle avenue with the 1961 British horror classic The Innocents.  Based on the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw, this atmospheric slice of haunted gothic is a direct influence on the mood and look of the Nicole Kidman vehicle The Others and its claws are also in any number of other films that use chills and suggestion rather than shock and awe to fray the audiences nerves.

A young governess played by Deborah Kerr becomes convinced the house and grounds of the house where she works are haunted when her two charges start behaving oddly. The Innocents is more in line with a classic round the campfire ghost yarn or the chilling horror plays the BBC used to produce for Christmas in its golden era.

Although not a massive hit with audiences at the time (but then, neither was The Wizard of Oz… Or It’s A Wonderful Life), the film has grown in stature over the years and is now pretty much the benchmark for how to create a faultless haunted house movie. Martin Scorsese rates this film, placing The Innocents on his list of the 11 scariest horror films of all time while Time Out rates it 18th in it’s list of the 100 greatest British films.

Any horror fans and indeed any serious lover of cinema should watch this film and see how many genre rules are nailed down…

Break-out horror movie smash of the year that has been electrifying hardened genre fans and non-horror fans alike, “The Pact” combines the supernatural terrors of “Paranormal Activity” with the tense atmospherics of a serial killer thriller to create a unique, modern-day take on the classic ghost story.

And it’s out on October 1st! Pre-order yours here.

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British rural chiller A Night In The Woods is out today on UK DVD.

Check out a host of clips, articles and more on the Cult Labs blog…

A Night In The Woods: Blair Witch Legacy

Found Footage horror owes a debt to two landmark movies – Cannibal Holocaust and The Blair Witch Project. Check out a clip from A Night In The Woods and learn more…

A Night In The Woods: It’s In The Trees, It’s Coming!

An atmospheric clip from the movie. How to chill the audience without expensive effects, simply point the camera into the dark shadows of a forest

A Night In The Woods: Private Footage

Find out why the boyfriend – played by Monsters actor Scoot McNairy – has a few psychological issues.

A Night In The Woods: Wilderness Horrors

What could be scarier than a horror movie set in perfect isolation. No phones, no police, no help…

A Night In The Woods Press Release

Full specs on today’s new DVD release.

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