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The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo) (2001)

The Devil's Backbone
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Federico Luppi

Federico Luppi

Dr. Casares
Irene Visedo

Irene Visedo

Conchita
José Manuel Lorenzo

José Manuel Lorenzo

Marcelo


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Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro

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Antonio Trashorras

Antonio Trashorras

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The Devil’s Backbone

5 years, 6 months ago at Oct 22 20:09
2 votes
Guillermo del Toro is a great talent. He writes, produces, directs and designs many of his films. I believe that twenty years from now he will be looked upon with the same revance, love and respect that directors like Coppola, Spielberg and Scorese have currently. His attention to detail and loving care put into every fabric of his films makes them works of great art. Yes, these are quite often ho... read more

A good movie

3 years, 8 months ago at Aug 15 8:30
1 vote
Since I’m really intrigued by Guillermo Del Toro’s work, of course, I was really eager to check this movie. My main issue with Guillermo Del Toro is that each time I watch one of his flicks, I tend to have some huge expectations and unfortunately, until now, none of them has succeeded in reaching those expectations and, unfortunately, this movie was not an exception to this rule. I mean, don... read more

Refined Horror Gem

1 year, 10 months ago at Jun 15 22:25
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Orphaned and alone, Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is abandoned by his Tudor at a grim gray orphanage, circa 1949. He does not know that his father, a casualty of the Spanish Civil War, is dead, nor does he know the secrets the orphanage holds. Meanwhile, bitter young bully Jaime (Íñigo Garcés) torments him and the spirit of a unforgotten student tries desperately to make contact with him.
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Description: During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all. The movie is full of e ... (more)
Release date: 20 April 2001
UPC: 043396082830
Horror (25), Ghost (16), Spanish (15), Orphanage (13), Spain (13), Drama (12), 2001 (12), Revenge (10), 2000s (10), Spanish Civil War (9), Mexico (8), Mystery (8), Thriller (8), Drowning (7), Murder (7), Cellar (6), Fantasy (6), War (6), Execution (5), (5)
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Refined Horror Gem

“Orphaned and alone, Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is abandoned by his Tudor at a grim gray orphanage, circa 1949. He does not know that his father, a casualty of the Spanish Civil War, is dead, nor does he know the secrets the orphanage holds. Meanwhile, bitter young bully Jaime (Íñigo Garcés) torments him and the spirit of a unforgotten student tries desperately to make contact with him.

"The Devil's Backbone" is an earlier film by Oscar-winning "Pan's Labyrinth" directer Guillermo del Toro, and is said to be his most personal. The film is bleak and intense and keeps you interested throughout, as well as having strong performances from the cast. That said, it didn't really scare me, but I'm not easily scared.

Another strength is the development of the characters. Carlos ” read more

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" Plot: In 1939, during the last months of the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is brought to an isolated orphanage by his tutor... Genre: Drama | Horror Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Fernando Tielve, Federico Luppi, Eduardo Noriega -----} Trailer Story: 7 | Story Idea: 7 | Acting: 7 | Score: 7 | Visuals: 7 Overall: "


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