Sunday, 10 October 2010

The lady by the lake (part II)

Sue Gedge left a comment on the previous post saying that the photo put her in mind of Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. That story was beautifully filmed as The Innocents and this creepy still shows the ghost of Miss Jessel standing in the reeds.

The Innocents is a wonderful movie and is always there when I write as an exemplar, along with The Haunting for example, of the kind of effect I want to create. If you haven't seen The Innocents then you should put that right immediately. If you haven't seen it for a while then watch it again and see how strange and dark it is and how wonderful Deberah Kerr is as the governess.

The Innocents
will make another appearance when I come to talk about Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth. . .

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