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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.
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.
Guillermo Del Toro applies emotional depth and poetic symbolism with a ghost movie just as Kim Jee-woon is able to do with his ghost masterpiece A Tale of Two Sisters. Meanwhile, American audiences are treated to ghost films like Unfriended and Paranormal Activity 5; movies that will focus on spooky hauntings and revenge killing instead of applying an actual meaningful purpose for the ghosts to exist.
It pleases me to see Del Toro achieve something that I've only seen Korean and Japanese directors do, but it continues to make me weep knowing that mainstream American audiences will never be treated to a ghost movie that is both unsettling and poetic as The Devil's Backbone.
A wartime story cleverly wrapped in ghost story.
Its heart breaking to see cruelty and be trail of man on display here and yet is it so engaging that you some what forget the supernatural elements going on here.
So much depth and moving parts in this plot it is a testament on Guillermo del Toro part that he was able to weave it in a comprehensible way you can understand it all while keeping up with the sub titles.
My only regret with this movie is not watching it sooner.
Sebuah film horor yang dipadu dengan cerita kriminal yang cantik. Dengan bungkusan misteri dan teka-teki ala Guilermo, memang membuat filmnya tak hanya menakut-nakuti tapi mengajak juga penonton berpikir. Good job Guilermo!
Anyone who complained that Crimson Peak wasn't scary enough despite being about ghosts has probably never seen this film either? Picked up on a lot more rhyming moments this time around, from the students bringing down Jacinto in the same manner as the lesson about ancient folks taking down Mammoths. It's a toss-up between this, Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy 2, as del Toro's best flick.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's missing a little something. There was not the same connection for me here as there was in Pan's Labyrinth. It looks gorgeous just like that film, and has some great moments, but the ghost in this doesn't do much and it feels a little nothing-y when the ending rolls up.
A chilling horror film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
A tale about a boy, forced to live at a boarding school in the middle of nowhere, turns into a supernatural horror story.
From the start Del Toro introduces the ghosts, integrating them so they don't feel out of place in the film. The slow way the ghost comes into shots is impressive, it's done with restraint, something modern horrors struggle with. The beautiful cinematography lends to the horror, covering our eyes with beauty among the chills.
Del Toro's handling of child actors, gave us honest, convincing performances. They brought more personality to their characters than most adult actors today. The exploration of the characters' lives help build the world Del Toro is trying to make. Horror feels real when…
1. This is a Guillermo del Toro film, back when he actually directed, and didn’t spend most of his time producing. It’s one of his non-Hollywood Spanish-language films, and one of his best films.
2. It's usually considered a horror movie, but it's not. It's a war drama with a ghost in it. Well, that’s what it is on the surface.
3. It’s set in 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, at an orphanage that takes in boys whose parents are killed in the fighting. A boy named Carlos is abandoned there, and slowly makes friends with the other boys, who are afraid of a ghost that they call “the one who sighs”. Carlos soon encounters this ghost himself.
More of a masterfully narrated, bittersweet fairy tale about vice and human tragedies than a horror or ghost movie - Heartbreaking but enchanting to watch at the same time!
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I'm waiting to make the jump up to my 300 favorite horror flicks but I'll take the leap soon.