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The Orphanage (El orfanato) (2007)

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Starring (View all)
Belén Rueda Belén Rueda
Laura
Fernando Cayo Fernando Cayo
Carlos
Roger Princep Roger Princep
Simón
Mabel Rivera Mabel Rivera
Pilar
Edgar Vivar Edgar Vivar
Prof. Leo Bálaban
Óscar Casas Óscar Casas
Tomás


Written by
Sergio G. Sánchez Sergio G. Sánchez
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There are still great horror films

13 years ago at Apr 22 14:35
4 votes
From the thematic point of view, it's perfectly natural that in a determined point in The Orphanage (El Orfanato), the classic Peter Pan is mentioned: since the film's own story is about kids who will never grow up, it becomes some kind of ghostly version of Peter Pan and it also fits on another genre that has films like The Innocents, The Others and The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo).<... read more

Extremely tense, classical thriller

10 years, 3 months ago at Feb 7 8:53
3 votes
"Sometimes seeing is not believing, it's the other way round..."

The Orphanage (a.k.a. El Orfanato) possesses a similar look and feel to other thrillers which originated from Latin American and Spain during the noughties, most noticeably Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and Alejandro Amenabar's The Others. Going above and beyond the cheap, empty-headed trappings which plagu... read more

El orfanato

12 years, 9 months ago at Jul 19 16:05
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Ótimo filme de suspense de grande produção espanhola...de inicio ao fim o filme cumpre o gênero que promete. Qualidade e técnica surpreendente...

"crer para ver e não ver para crer"
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A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, where she opens an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.
Release date: 11 October 2007
Tags: Horror (24), Drama (22), Thriller (17), 2007 (15), Mystery (14), Spanish (13), Orphanage (10), Suicide (9), Ghosts (8), 2000s (8), Supernatural (6), Suspense (6), Death (5), Foreign (5), Spain (5), Ghost (5), Haunted House (5), Death Of Child (5), Imaginary Friend (4), Medium (4)
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Beanie posted a review 1 month ago

“There's simply something special about the way Spanish filmmaker's can tell a ghost story. After classics such as "The Others" and "The Devil's Backbone", comes "The Orphanage", another classic tale of the supernatural from Spain. Whereas many American directors treat supernatural horror as brutish, demonic forces of nature, Spaniards revere the spirit world as both a frightening, but potentially beautiful place. Thus, this film, like many of it's kind, has a resonating, human nature that makes it as moving as it is creepy.Director J.A. Bayona imbues the picture with a subtle, chilling atmosphere, while the script crafts likeable, mature characters that we easily become invested in. Belen Rueda deserves a lion's share of the credit for delivering an utterly wonderful performance in the lea” read more

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" Date: 3/23/2021 Viewed: Blu-Ray Re-Watch Note: I haven't seen The Orphanage since it came out on DVD back in 2008 and I wanted to revisit it for a while now. Thankfully, I bought the Blu-ray for $1 at my local Dollar Tree and it was totally worth it. The Orphanage is still a great movie in my opinion. J. A. Bayona (the director) did a wonderful job of making a creepy and disturbing haunted house movie by creating a strong atmosphere. The Orphanage is so atmospheric, you can feel the cold chi"


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“Since this flick had a solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though this movie had been apparently a huge success in Spain when it was released, to be honest, I really struggled to get into the damned thing. First of all, in my opinion, the start was actually rather awkward. I mean, you had this woman who bought the orphanage where she lived as a young girl and she was supposed to turn it into a place to take care of disabled children. On top of that, she had adopted a boy who was also HIV positive, who had some imaginary friends and who also could see ghosts. And I forgot to mention that the house might be haunted as well. Seriously, it was just way too much for me. Fortunately, when Simón started to get involved himself and his mother into some quest game, then” read more

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