the Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, 2001)

el Espinazo del diablo
SP/MX, 106 min

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A new student at a school for orphans attempts to uncover the killer of the ghost who haunts the orphanage during the final days of the Spanish Civil War.

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i’ll give it a “really rather good”. not really sure i understand who the target audience is supposed to be, considering the adult themes present, but it’s certainly more satisfying and less derivative than its “spiritural sequel”, which, in spite of del toro’s clear skill with imagery…

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… i found wanting, and, in terms of plot, too reminiscent of all the dark fantasy movies from the ’80s, without subverting any of their paradigms or making any particular improvements on their artistic conceits.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0256009/

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