Sunday, January 30, 2011

220. The Devil's Backbone (2001)


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. A ghost is me.

The greatest Spanish horror movie I have ever seen. I know that makes it a pretty short list, but this movie is downright amazing. Combine the creepiness of a boy's orphanage in the middle of nowhere Spain, the end-of-war tensions of 1939 (Spanish Civil War), with a very mysterious presence, and you have the makings of one of the scariest, most interesting thrillers I have ever seen. This was also Guillermo del Toro's first critically aclaimed film (after the so-so "Mimic") and paved the way for the greatness that is "Hellboy".

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