Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn Of the Screw" attempts to show how the two young British children at the center of that story became so disturbed. It turns out the creepy caretaker at their manor (Marlon Brando) seduced their passive nanny into an S&M relationship. Interesting concept, yet director Michael Winner's ham-fisted execution of the material is surely not inviting for an audience (it plays like an R-rated version of "The Innocents"). Damp, creepy atmospherics and a potentially engrossing narrative are each mitigated by Winner's sledgehammer style, which doesn't allow for anything loftier than shock moments (no psychological overtones here!). Soap buffs will be stunned to see ice queen Stephanie Beacham in such a role (although she does garner points for bravery). As for Brando, this is right in keeping with his repertoire of offbeat roles, and he seems to delight in the vulgarity. There's a streak of nastiness running through this film that isn't provocative--just repellent. *1/2 from ****
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The Nightcomers (1971)
The Nightcomers is a movie starring Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, and Thora Hird. Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and...
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Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms. Jessel, and the the slow corruption of the children in their care.
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Cruelty without irony...Reviewed bymoonspinner55Vote: 3/10
This is one film you never really see anywhere. This one takes place before Turn Of The Screw, the novel by Henry James. A huge manor situated on a vast amount of land located in England is the setting. It takes place around early 1900's. The house is occupied by two children whose parents were killed in accident leaving them in the care of the master of the house. A housekeeper takes care of the day to day operations leaving the nanny to tend to the kids. There is a groundskeeper as well played by Marlon Brando and yes he does use his Brand 'O style of acting. The master of the house wants nothing to do with anybody so he leaves to another dwelling telling the housekeeper only to contact him if someone dies basically. The film then shows the relationship of Brando and the nanny which involves sado masochistic things. The kids idolize Brando copying everything he does since he has been the only parent figure they have had, but Brando has several issues.
This was a good slow burning film as it develops all the characters and then the build up for Turn Of The Screw. Brando's a kinky bastard in this one probably still holding the butter from Last Tango In Paris. You even get to see a frog explode from smoking a cigar. It would have been a perfect stop smoking commercial.
If you don't mind Brando talking like a wee leprechaun and the odd sex scene with ropes then you'll like this flick. It does have a bitter ending.
Although the sets and cinematography are scrupulously suggestive of the early 20th century in the United Kingdom and the performances quite good, The Nightcomers never quite gels as a Gothic horror classic. Maybe we see a bit too much of ourselves and don't like to think of the implications of what we're watching.
The children of a wealthy British family are left orphaned by the deaths of their parents in a motor car crash. A cousin who is the closest relation to the father Harry Andrews is at the estate to tidy up affairs, but has no desire to stay there or act as a parent to these two. Never mind, they are amply provided for with cook and governess who are Thora Hird and Stephanie Beacham. The father had a valet played by Marlon Brando and since there is clearly no need for one now he's relegated to the gardener's duties.
Brando's delightful Irish gardener Quint bonds with the kids. He's full of blarney and charm, but that cheerful exterior hides a rather complex and sadistic being. The kids catch him and Beacham in some kind of bondage game as Brando initiates Beacham into the finer points sadomasochistic sex. Both children take careful notes. The kids are played by Christopher Ellis and Verna Harvey.
In the end what happens sets the stage for Henry James's classic Gothic horror tale The Turn Of The Screw. That was brought to the screen ten years earlier as The Innocents which starred Deborah Kerr as the new governess for the kids. According to The Nightcomers, The Innocents would be the last thing anyone would have entitled that film.
Fine performances, wonderful sets and cinematography, yet the film just lacks a spark to consider it a classic. Marlon Brando's fans will want to see it though.