See It! The Devil’s Backbone

I’ve been meaning to watch this one for a long time. I’ve read a many review online singing its praises and I got to agree. I’m really beginning to dig Guillermo del Toro. I’ve like pretty much everything he’s done with the exception of Blade II, that was a little tragic, but he also did The Devil’s Backbone, the same year, so I forgive him.

Here are the deathtails: A boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at an orphanage, thinking that he will be staying there for a while, until his father returns from the Spanish Civil War. The orphanage is run by a curt but considerate headmistress named Carmen (Marisa Paredes) and a kindly Professor Casares. Not long after Carlos’ arrival, Santi, the recently deceased latches onto Carlos, badgering him incessantly at night and gloomily intoning, “Many of you will die.” With every step of the plot, it becomes apparent that the ghost’s predictions as to who (or what) will die, the real source of danger and even the definition of death itself may be more ambiguous than first thought.


Again, like The Orphanage, this is a well put together ghost story. And you guys probably noticed I’m hard to please. If you watch it or watched it, let me know your thoughts.