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After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.
First of all this has got to be one of my favorite poster's ever. It's absolutely amazing. Can someone hook me up with a link to where I can buy it?
As far as the movie goes, del Toro has once again created a brilliant atmospheric fantasy world with a great ghost story attached to it.
I am so ready for Crimson Peak!
"What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber."
Directed by Del Toro, this ghost story is set during the Spanish civil war and centres on a boy who arrives at a home for orphans in a remote part of Spain. The orphanage is ran by an older couple who are also helped out by a young male groundskeeper and a young female teacher who appears to be involved with the groundskeeper. The older couple are helping the Republican loyalists and are using the orphanage to hide a…
The story is set in a Spanish orphanage during the last gaps of the Civil War. Carlos, a twelve years old boy, begins to have visions of a ghost child (Santi) who once was murdered at the orphanage. Through Carlos, the ghost of Santi will seek to avenge his death.
Whilst this is part of my horror films challenge, I wouldn't consider it a real horror film since the drama is way heavier than the actual horror. Yet, what's so magical about del Toro's film is the way he conjugates the two genres, the balance he creates between the drama of a boy who is sent to an orphanage after the death of his father, the adversities he faces while…
Ghosts as an allegory for a tragic event. An ever present looming reminder of the past. The world can fall around outside but in here we're still haunted. More sad than scary but flowing with atmosphere murkier than a jar of fetus rum.
Real talk though that stock scream sound was embarrassing. But if that's the only real flaw something must have been done right.
The second best Guillermo del Toro movie set during the Spanish Civil War that has a young protagonist and combines horror elements with drama.
Another in my Cinemonster’s Hoop-Tober 2.0 Challenge
This film of del Toro's might turn out to be the best film I'm watching for this challenge. True, it might not be a horror film but it sure is shit a fantastic ghost story.
Everything about the film is pretty damn great; direction, photography, art direction... Even the CGI still works and this was released in 2001.
Eric pointed out last night that he thinks del Toro should stick to this genre of film shot in the director's native language. I think this movie is still his best. However, I reserve the right to change my mind after I finally get to see Crimson Peak.
If you haven't seen The Devil's Backbone, I would recommend you watch it. Soon. It would go well with any Halloween movie watching you are planning to do this month.
FILM #2 OF THE HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHON
I'm glad I went into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it. I think that's the best way to view it to. Because this movie completely surprised me.
Rather than being a typical ghost story, which it kind of started as, The Devil's Backbone is really compelling and does something different with the genre. But I think that's all due to the man behind it all: Toro. He crafts an interesting ghost story mixed in with political allegories. It did drag in the beginning but I found myself really enjoying this one. So for now I'm giving this one a: 8/10
Haunting and beautiful as only del Toro can do it.
A very good, albeit slowly-paced ghost story with youthful curiosity, political undertones, and a clear, visual influence on del Toro's later (and lesser) film, Crimson Peak.
Spooky, atmospheric and a great ghost story. Guillermo Del Toro at his best.
Com a Guerra Espanhola como pano de fundo, em A Espinha do Diabo Guilhermo del Toro cria imagens icônicas e simbólicas - a bomba cravada no pátio, o fantasma envolto de partículas como se estivesse submerso, o grupo de meninos partindo sós para a planície castigada pelo sol - para contar uma história onde fantasmas existem mas os verdadeiros monstros estão vivos e os inocentes são os mais afetados.
A companion piece to Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo Del Toro hones and develops his directorial skills in this visually interesting ghost story set during the Spanish Civil War.
The lesser of del Toro's Spanish Civil War films, but still quite good. Certainly not scary, but uses a ghost plot to think about themes of memory, absence, and violence in a spooky time/place. Some indelible images: a bomb dropping into the orphanage and not going off, so it sits there ticking. As with its companion piece, "Pan's Labyrinth," it's a Popular-Front style celebration of noble anti-fascist activism but emphasizes that you can only win in the world of ghosts or imagination.
Like the Goonies, but if they had actual real problems
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…