A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Devil's Backbone
The living will always be more dangerous than the dead.
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.
Continuing on the quest to be scared. This was another recommendation I found while scouring the internet on movies that are actually scary, but again was let down. There was nothing scary about this movie at all, unless you are afraid of non-threatening dead children.
Aside from the lack of scares, it was kind of enjoyable but nothing special. The mystery surrounding the ghost was lacking, and the main story I was focused on was that of the older characters.
Not a bad film, but nothing to write home about.
Do not recommend.
A cinematic sibling to del Toro's PAN'S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE eloquently combines fantasy, mystery, and coming of age in this war-time drama. I am unfortunately not caught up in my knowledge of the Spanish Civil War, but it is very evident that it plays a key role in the fantastical narrative because of how it has affected the orphans' upbringing. I cannot wait to watch this in film later this week.
It's interesting that Del Toro sees The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth as companion pieces, and those are the only two of his works that I actually like. Every single character in The Devil's Backbone, even the wan ghost with a hole in his head, even suspenders guy who could have come off like Snidely Whiplash, gets developed with tenderness. Del Toro captures the important details with both his camera (the guy letting dust fly up at him every time he hammers, rather than sweeping it away with his hand) and his actors (the specific brand of adversarial interaction among boys that age). The movie is scary when it has to be, using the one location as a strength instead…
Guillermo Del Toro concocts a ghost story that is richer than most in terms of symbolism and narrative layers. A boy named Carlos is dumped at a children's shelter during the Spanish Civil War, where not only does he have to contend with bullies and a groundskeeper up to no good, but also the restless ghost of a boy who seemingly needs some sort of help. Striking visuals, haunting sound design, charismatic performances from the kids, and an intelligent script and plot, all come together to produce a modern classic with an almost timeless literary quality.
Del Torro tells a very good chilling ghost story set in an Orphanage in rural Spain. The scares aren't really there for me but it definitely has some memorable moments and an unexpected conclusion.
Arguably Del Toro's masterpiece and most personal film to date. A mix of historical drama, coming-of-age story and supernatural ghost tale. All actors gave strong performances aided by Del Toro's assured direction and clear vision of how he wants to tell his story. The film never stumbles and only gets better and better as the events unfold, leading to a cathartic and memorable conclusion.
It has been a few years since I've seen this one but damn is it still an amazing film. So well done....great story, well acted with great characters, and such a tragic story. Truly an exceptional film.
Many of you will die.
Wonderful. I vastly underrated this the first time I saw it.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…