The Turning is a supernatural horror movie starring Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson. The movie is an adaptation of a ghost story named The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The movie traces the story of a young governess named Kate who is hired to take care of two children in Bly Manor. Her experience turns out to be scary, but is it the manor or is she just seeing things?
The Turning’s ending starts with her following some footprints and seeing a frightening vision of Jessel being raped and killed by the horse-keeper Quint. She tells this to Mrs Grose who says that she took care of Quint herself. But the ghost of Quint killed Mrs Grose, pushing her over the stairs' bannister. She then flees with children.
Suddenly, it is shown that all of it was Kate’s vision and she is just staring at her mother’s art. She then tries to check on the children and slowly gets convinced that she has seen the ghost of Quint. She argues with the children and breaks Flora’s doll. Miles calls her delusional. She then approaches someone who appears to her mother and screams in horror, but the audience does not know who it is.
The movie brings forward two endings. The first ending confirms that the ghosts of Quint and Miss Jessel exist and that Kate was able to escape with the children. The other, and scarier, version of the ending is that Kate is the one who has started hallucinating things now. As they had already established the fact that Kate’s mother was insane, it is all Kate’s illusions and thoughts that we see throughout the movie.
It can be said, therefore, that the ending is left open for the audience. For those who are fond of happy endings, they might choose to believe that Kate successfully fled the place. On the other hand, Kate being mentally unstable also brings out a thrilling twist to the whole story.
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