October 7 – The Turn of the Screw – Book Vs. Film – Which Medium Wins? (Thirty-One Days of Halloween)

The Henry James classic ghost story, analyzed by many over the years, praised by nearly all. Including me. Do I dare put a film of this on equal ground? I dare. And the film, from 1961, is The Innocents.

It’s the story of a Governess for two children. She is convinced that ghosts are haunting poor little Miles and Flora. Is this really happening or is all in her mind, making her an unreliable narrator?

James, of course, deserves praise for his work. But his writing is a little challenging. The film tells the same story and it flows perfectly. So – a tie. For a more detailed comparison, read my review: Turn of the Screw/The Innocents

Also be on the lookout for the Netflix series The Haunting of Bly Manor, which is inspired by The Turn of the Screw. It premieres soon. In days.

Winner: IT’S A TIE

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