over 1 year
Sumptuous historical horror, with some classic pulpy horror elements. A+ popcorn movie.
over 3 years
A haunting and beautiful film, in terms of both story and visual storytelling. Excellent.
Ghosts. War. Love. Treachery. Revenge. Bring popcorn. Turn down lights. Enjoy.
over 4 years
Horror elements seem to be almost redundant. Good film nonetheless.
over 5 years
A touching ghost story from Guillermo del Toro.
almost 6 years
Didn't scale the heights of Pan's Labyrinth, but I love del Toro so I don't care.
The Devil's Backbone (Spanish: El espinazo del diablo, literally The Backbone of the Devil) is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic thriller film written by Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz, and directed by Guillermo del Toro. It was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar.
The film is set in Spain, 1939 during the Spanish Civil War. During the director's commentary in the DVD, del Toro stated that, along with Hellboy, this was his most personal project. The film was shot in Madrid.
A boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at an orphanage, thinking that he will be staying there temporarily, until his father returns from the Spanish Civil War. In the center of its courtyard, there is a bomb which was defused. Carlos then sees a ghost of a boy in the kitchen doorway who disappears shortly after. When he goes in to investigate, he is distracted by two orphans, Galvez and Owl, whom he befriends. He shows them his toys and comics, until Jaime (Íñigo Garcés), an older...