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Innocence (2013 film)

Innocence is a 2013 American horror drama film directed by Hilary Brougher, who co-wrote the film with Tristine Skyler. The movie is based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Jane Mendelsohn. It had its world premiere on October 26, 2013 at the Austin Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release in the United States on September 5, 2014. The movie stars Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly, Graham Phillips, Linus Roache, Sarah Sutherland and Stephanie March.[2]

Directed by Hilary Brougher
Produced by Christine Vachon
Jane Mendelsohn
Pamela Koffler
Written by Hilary Brougher
Tristine Skyler
Based on Innocence
by Jane Mendelsohn
Starring Sophie Curtis
Kelly Reilly
Graham Phillips
Linus Roache
Sarah Sutherland
Stephanie March
Perrey Reeves
Music by tomandandy
Cinematography David Rush Morrison
Edited by Keith Reamer
Big Indie Pictures
Killer Films
Scion Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 2013 (2013-10-26) (Austin Film Festival)
  • September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $289,613[1]



Beckett (Sophie Curtis) is a young teenager mourning the loss of her mother. She's moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her father Miles (Linus Roache) and is set to begin school at Hamilton, an exclusive prep school. Beckett is so engrossed in her grief that she fails to notice that her school is a little stranger than most schools, as its students are prone to suicides and is full of extraordinarily beautiful female teachers. Things grow worse when the school nurse Pamela (Kelly Reilly) decides to move in with Beckett and Miles, especially since Pamela keeps instructing Beckett to remain a virgin. What Beckett doesn't know is that Pamela and the other school staff are all incarnations of Lamia, a former queen of Libya, and must kill and drink the blood of virgins to retain their immortal existence.



Critical reception for Innocence has been predominantly negative.[3] It holds an approval rating of 15% at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 3.3/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has weighted average rating of 26 out of 100, based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[5] The New York Times criticized the film's acting and soundtrack,[6] while the Las Vegas Weekly criticized it for relying overly much on "worn-out horror cliches" - a criticism shared by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Innocence". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Goodykoontz, Bill (September 6, 2014). "Sophie Curtis talks about 'Innocence' and fear". AZ Central. Gannett Company. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gingold, Michael (September 9, 2014). ""INNOCENCE" (Movie Review)". Fangoria. Fangoria Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 22, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Innocence (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Innocence Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (September 5, 2014). "At This School, 'B' Is for Blood". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bell, Josh (September 3, 2014). "Film review: 'Innocence' is lost among worn-out horror clichés". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Darling, Cary (September 4, 2014). "'Innocence' lacks mystery, surprises". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 

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