The Devil's BackboneClosed Captioning
Guillermo del Toro
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His father killed in the brutal fighting of the Spanish Civil War, ten-year-old Carlos is sent to live at the desolate Santa Lucia School, now a makeshift shelter for war orphans. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a series of seemingly supernatural encounters: strange shadows, voices and, most frightening of all, the apparition of a brutalized young boy. Turns out that Carlos is not alone in seeing these strange phenomena, many other children have experienced the "One Who Sighs," as the entity has come to be called. A classic ghost story, haunting as it is moving, "The Devil's Backbone" is also a subtle allegory for the war that rages on just beyond the school's walls.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 114
- Fresh: 105
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Though it fails in its final reels to capitalize on its early promise, pic is still stylish, accomplished and tremendously enjoyable fare.
Fresh: Del Toro's elegant pacing and gothic touches imbue the proceedings with a cool mystery.
Fresh: A well-crafted, white-knuckle cinematic journey.
Fresh: [Del Toro] understands how war can bring out the strangeness in people's perceptions; fear, as the patriarch played by Federico Luppi says, makes you see things.
Great movie. I love his work. And who is complaining about subtitles?! Can you not read? One of my favorite movies, and the best looking ghost ever!! I love how santi has the blood floating around his head. Watch this movie!
Good orginal ghost story, a great movie for horror fans.
Amazing story by GDT!
Love this movie. I couldn't find it anywhere. Thanks iTunes. Can u iTunes sell "Cronos" by GDT too!!!
- Genre: Thriller
- Released: 2002
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