THE TURN­ING

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN - JW

OUT NOW / CERT 15 / 94 MINS

DI­REC­TOR Flo­ria Sigis­mondi CAST Macken­zie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brook­lynn Prince, Karen Egan, Bar­bara Marten

A pas­sion project of Steven Spiel­berg, who as pro­ducer saw one ver­sion col­lapse be­fore hir­ing mu­sic video veteran Flo­ria Sigis­mondi to wran­gle a new at­tempt to screens, The Turn­ing ar­rives with a legacy weigh­ing it down. Namely, it has to com­pete with Jack Clay­ton’s ac­claimed 1961 hor­ror The In­no­cents, which also adapted Henry James’ novella The Turn Of The Screw. It’s ef­fec­tive, if not to­tally up to the job, while Macken­zie Davis, as a woman hired to tu­tor troubled young­ster Brook­lyn Prince in her scary, creaky house, makes for an ap­peal­ing lead. Sigis­mondi and her team con­jure plenty of spooky at­mos­phere, even if the at­tempts to keep the au­di­ence guess­ing lead to head-scratch­ing in a way the film­mak­ers may not have de­sired.

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