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

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Eduardo Noriega Eduardo Noriega
Federico Luppi Federico Luppi
Dr. Casares
Irene Visedo Irene Visedo
José Manuel Lorenzo José Manuel Lorenzo
Francisco Maestre Francisco Maestre
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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

7 years, 7 months ago at Oct 22 20:09
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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

5 years, 9 months ago at Aug 15 8:30
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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

3 years, 11 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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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 excellent performances, especially by Marisa Paredes as the gruff-but-kind headmistress, Eduardo Noriega as the handyman with secrets to keep, and Federico Luppi as the benevolent professor who likes to keep deformed fetuses in jars. A rich, satisfying drama with some good, spooky fun thrown in.
Release date: 20 April 2001
UPC: 043396082830
Tags: Horror (25), Ghost (17), Spain (15), Spanish (14), Orphanage (14), Drama (13), 2001 (13), 2000s (12), Revenge (11), Spanish Civil War (10), Mystery (9), Thriller (8), Drowning (8), Mexico (8), Murder (8), Cellar (7), War (7), Fantasy (7), Sex (6), Execution (5)
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" Familiar Actors: Marisa Paredes and Eduardo Noriega True Rating: 9.4/10 My Review: The Review's Backbone"

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“I can honestly say I don't know much about this except that it is pretty well known and the picture of the possessed boy is pretty much everywhere. I didn't even know this was written or directed by Guillermo del Toro. I don't have to say what I've seen from him as we know very well most of his films. I've never heard of anything else from the other writers associated with this film. Anyways let's see if this really is something that is as good as they say.

I have to say that was pretty brilliant. Guillermo Del Toro definitely used some of his atmosphere and ideas from this earlier tale of his for Pan's Labyrinth as well as Crimson Peak. You can even see that this is most likely a huge inspiration for The Orphanage of which he was the executive producer. It isn't really a scary ” read more

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"Guillermo Del Toro's tale of how an orphanage-turned-temporary safe-haven begins to show signs of a haunting after one of the orphan boys disappears (can you see why I stressed the comparison to Del Toro on my Orhanage entry?). A story that may seem somewhat simplistic at first, but when combined with the background dramas of both the lead characters, along with those hinted at of the supporting characters, along with the blatant "not-so-blatant" metaphors that are the director's strong-suit "

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"First viewing - March 26th This is the del Toro film everyone gets excited about? Really? I mean, it's good, don't get me wrong, but I don't get why this has such a strong reputation. Thanks to the flashback opening there's no real mystery behind the ghost (unless you weren't paying attention or walked in late), so the best thing about him is the way he looks. As ghosts go he's not especially scary, though this film is lacking all around in the suspense department. But as a faux historical fi"

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