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Devil's Backbone, The ( espinazo del diablo, El ) (2001) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

1006

Avg. Rating:

2.97/4

# of Ratings:

100

Genres:

Horror, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

Spanish

Theater Date:

11/21/2001

DVD Release:

07/30/2013

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Actors:

Marisa Paredes
Eduardo Noriega (II)
Federico Luppi
Fernando Tielve
═˝igo GarcÚs
Irene Visedo

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A boy at an orphanage is haunted by a ghost that is trying to warn him and show how he really died. Takes place in Spain during WWII.

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dukeakasmudge 09/25/2011 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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It was OK

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mitchellyoung 07/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

More a story about human companionship during the horrors of war than a straightforward horror or ghost story. Yes, there are ghosts, but they serve more as a backdrop for the human drama that director Del Toro explores than as the primary antagonists of the film. A haunting and beautiful film that is more touching than it is scary.

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Chris Kavan 06/04/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A different kind of ghost story - one that doesn't rely on cheap scares and actually makes you think. It's well-crafted and has an eerie vibe. Though I won't say I was ever really scared, I was always interested.

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Josh C 06/28/2007 (1 of 2 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

Not so much a horror, it is more a drama. The acting and story were both good but there was something missing. I wanted more thrills and less long, drawn-out scenes. Not as good as "What lies beneath", which shares a similar plot.

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04/29/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"The Devil's Backbone" by Yojimbo

Pan's Labyrinth was not Guillermo Del Toro's first stab at a story that mixes fantasy with a tale of the Spanish civil war. In the Devil's Backbone, a young boy is abandoned at an orphanage for children whose fathers were killed in the fighting and is haunted by a ghostly apparition that holds the secret of a tragic past event. The thing that stands out about this film is it's haunting atmosphere. There is no running around screaming, no blood and guts, no monsters jumping out at you. Del Toro's visuals are as sumptuous as always, almost resembling a Leone spaghetti western in places, and the visual effects are frankly stunning; the recreation of the ghostly boy is incredibly effective and bears more resemblance to the subtlety of J-horror than gore obsessed Hollywood film makers. Add to ...

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