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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!
"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.
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.
Little Carlos has just been dropped off at a mysterious orphanage by his assigned caretaker, in order to protect him from the terrors of crossing the line of fire in war. The strict heads of the house assign Carlos bed number 12- a recently vacated spot whose previous occupant, according to the other orphans, ran away from the orphanage to forge on in his own life. But late that night, Carlos stumbles onto a secret, a secret so dark and horrifying that it threatens to tear the residents of the orphanage apart, emotionally and physically.
Guillermo Del Toro's The Devil's Backbone succeeds far and beyond as a horror film, complete with tension and scares. However, I found the plot to…
good story, but lacks character development. a bit over-hyped.
Dull. Violent. Unsubtle.
It quickly broke one of my favourite elements of a haunting picture; that of wondering if it's real. The character isn't sure yet, but the audience gets a clear, cg-full view.
Some awful, awful people. That actually seemed inappropriate in their severity given the genre.
Chilling symbols of the Spanish Civil War in a well realized setting. Not that scary but it doesn't have to be.
When Film Nerd Boyfriend threw this on, for whatever reason I thought it was another one of his mountaineering documentaries and I went upstairs to dye my hair. An hour and a half later I hadn't rinsed out the dye and was trapped on the couch absolutely riveted as Film Nerd Boyfriend was dozing off on my left. You can take or leave the story, but dat underwater ghost SFX. OH MY GAHD floating specks never looked so good.
Another great Del Toro ghost story that's about soooo much more than "Boo!"
Qué bonita y macabra forma de hacer horror con alegoría política, algo que sólo una persona con un buen sentido del arte de hacer cine puede lograr sin problemas... y todos sabemos que Guillermo del Toro es quien posee ese sentido. Es genial cómo se pone en segundo plano el tema sobrenatural para darle cabida al drama que sucede en el plano humano, el cual nos acerca a cuestiones como la madurez, la venganza y lo crueles y monstruosos que podemos ser. El clímax recuerda de la mejor manera a Lord of the Flies y es una buena conclusión que también hace pensar en la noción de inocencia de un grupo de niños como ellos enfrentándose a 'cosas de adultos', tal como lo es la guerra que está sucediendo en el fondo.
A little scary - but SO GOOD!
Every time I've tried to write down my thoughts on The Devil's Backbone, I've drawn a blank. That's usually a sign of my indifference toward a film. I watched this a week ago, yet it already feels like a distant memory. I think Guillermo del Toro is a good director, but his reputation among cinephiles seems greater than the cumulative quality of his films. The Devil's Backbone is well made. The performances are solid, the atmosphere is effective, the setting is fantastic. Aesthetically, the movie looks great, which is always del Toro's biggest strength. Yet the film never managed to fully grab me.
Take the ghost out of The Devil's Backbone and very little changes. The supernatural element feels like…
A fantastic piece of storytelling that is equal parts creepy as well as heart wrenching. It is rare films like these that use the supernatural to explore human drama and psychology that ultimately elevates the horror genre from a bunch of cheap thrills and scares to an exciting study of the human condition, a subject that is naturally horrifying in and of itself.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)
UPDATED: November 23, 2015
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