The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

  • Release Date:  2001
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Guillermo del Toro
  • Screenwriter:  Antonio Trashorras, David Muñoz, Guillermo del Toro

The Devil’s Backbone (2001) Rating:

  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 8 /10;

The Devil’s Backbone (2001) Synopsis:

Another victim of the Spanish civil war, Carlos arrives in an orphanage which quickly proves to be haunted by the ghost of one of the children who used to live here.

The Devil’s Backbone (2001) Review:

The Devil’s Backbone is hardly an horror film and even though it has some supernatural element, it is really a drama instead. Nevertheless, it is so often being considered as horror since it has a ghost in it, that I felt like it deserves a word here. I usually like to compare it to Let the Right One In since both are beautiful dramas with a horror twist which make them so delightful to us horror lovers.

The movie is set during civil war and the terrible reminder of the poverty, sadness and hunger inflicted to the Spanish population during that period is everywhere to be found in that film. It creates a very heavy atmosphere onto which Del Toro and co-writers grafted a fascinating and yet truly sad story, one filled with mysteries and…ghosts. The supernatural part could have easily been quite awkward, but here fits quite well to the story, adding a really “mysterious” tone to the film.

What however makes this film memorable is the set of great characters. The bunch of orphans really grow during these 106 minutes from simple children, along with their childish game and problems, to facing the hard truth of the war, and having to behave in adults. What I found best about that film however, is how all of them have an important role in the film at a given time, and none of them is here just to fill in the screen.

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Overall, this epic and beautiful story is an instant classic that deserves to be seen by every cinema lover & all the top geeks of horror movies.

The Devil’s Backbone (2001) Cast:

Marisa Paredes Marisa Paredes Carmen
Eduardo Noriega Eduardo Noriega Jacinto
Federico Luppi Federico Luppi Dr. Casares
Fernando Tielve Fernando Tielve Carlos
Íñigo Garcés Íñigo Garcés Jaime
Irene Visedo Irene Visedo Conchita
José Manuel Lorenzo José Manuel Lorenzo Marcelo
Francisco Maestre Francisco Maestre El Puerco
Junio Valverde Junio Valverde Santi
Berta Ojea Berta Ojea Alma
Adrián Lamana Adrián Lamana Gálvez
Daniel Esparza Daniel Esparza Marcos
Miguel Ortiz Miguel Ortiz
Juan Carlos Vellido Juan Carlos Vellido
Javier Bódalo Javier Bódalo Búho (as Javier González Madrigal)

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