Blogvent Calendar Day 14: Ding! Dong! Scarily on Bly

The Innocents (1961) has definite seasonal associations for me as I remember the first time I saw it was when it was shown as part of the BBC’s Christmas fortnight schedule. Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw, from which it derives, is framed as yuletide fireside ghost story, a device since redeployed to great effect in recent years by Susan Hill in The Woman in Black. James gave the convention of competitive Christmas Eve supernatural yarn-spinning a twist along the lines suggested by the discussion that gives the story its title. All James’ trademark pompous verbosity can’t prevent this being one of the great psychological ghost stories.

Here for your enjoyment is the trailer to the Jack Clayton film with Deborah Kerr:

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1 Response to Blogvent Calendar Day 14: Ding! Dong! Scarily on Bly

  1. Pingback: Blogvent Calendar Day 22: Finch’s Five-Fold Festive Fears! | tomjohnstone

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