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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!
An elegant, alluring & sumptuous poetry from Guillermo del Toro, The Devil's Backbone is crafted with remarkable care, told with great composure, and brims with endless passion to finish as one of the most enchanting works of its genre. Gorgeously rendered, meticulously detailed & uplifted by sincere performances, it also paints a fascinating portrait of childhood in an era marred by war & violence.
Set in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, the story of The Devil's Backbone follows a young boy who arrives at an orphanage in the middle of nowhere but is having trouble adjusting to the new environment. To worsen his situation, he is constantly bullied by another boy and discovers that the whole place is haunted. But after managing…
"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.
i know it’s kind of silly for me to seek out horror that comforts me, but sometimes it’s nice to imagine that forces stronger than i am, powerful in ways i’m not, from whom i wouldn’t be safe were i their enemy, are instead pushing back against the fascist powers and principalities of this world. i don’t know. i like stories that are kind to vulnerable people, and so i like stories kind to ghosts. kind, too, to a bomb conscious enough to try to betray her cruel mission, desperately keeping herself alive just to keep children safe.
i am forever grateful that del toro films are so deeply reverent in the face of death, deaths, and their consequences.
Ok, so I was fooled. Of course I always judge a book by its cover. And I expected a horror film- but this is not a horror film. Granted it's on Shudder, and features a ghost and has a creepy name and horroresque art work- but it's not horror.
But it is a fantastic movie! My wife (whom deeply loathes horror large and small) even enjoyed this. It's less a ghost story and more a story of survival and mystery. I won't dig into details- but ignore the title and artwork, it's a great movie.
Real interested in learning more about the Spanish Civil War to dissect some of those thematics. I adore this movie. Del Toro gets at what makes the most fascinating ghosts: why they linger, the ache of sorrow and the pursuit of resolution, the permanent paralysis borne out of one moment, one severe enflaming of emotion. I love that idea and the Devil's Backbone is as potent an exploration of it as any.
A story about the consequences of greed set during the Spanish civil war. Carlos is orphaned by the war and left at an isolated and destitute boarding school for boys where he encounters more things to fear than just the resident bully and angry caretaker.
A beautiful and haunting tale of belief.
Fint gjensyn med jæværns ryggrad
Stunning film. Beautifully shot, amazing child performances, and a some seriously haunting content.
Excelente coming of age terror wannabe y también excelente sex position.
Film #9 of Alex's Scavenger Hunt Mini #1
Task #11/16: A film about War/The Military
Not your traditional war movie, this film gives it a little twist with the incorporation of ghosts in the war-torn Spain during the Spanish Civil War. All the young actors do a pretty great job, as does the rest of the cast, and the discussion of greed and war this film presents makes you think. The pacing is a bit off at points and some things weren't necessarily explained as well as they could have, but this is still a film worth taking in. Though this is del Toro's favorite film of his own, I'd have to say that I enjoyed Pan's Labyrinth and Cronos more than this one. Also, apparently this and Pan's Labyrinth are companion pieces, which makes sense in retrospect.
|+ Del Toro typische Skurrilität
|+ Eine einsaugende Atmosphäre in dem Waisenhaus
|+ Eine gruselig und stark aufgemachte Geistererscheinung
|- Für die Stilmittel letztlich doch zu ruhig erzählt
|- Potenzial war größer
|- Zu wenig einprägsame Geschehnisse um wirklich packend zu sein
|+ Starkes Ende
Del Toro is the master at blending genres
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