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

el Espinazo del diablo
SP/MX, 106 min


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.


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…


the Brood (David Cronenberg, 1979)

CA, 92 min

middle-period Cronenberg. this is generally hailed as a classic, but i’m not sure i see what all the fuss is about. true, it has great atmosphere, and crazy bitches are always fun, but the kid’s a fucking zombie, and i prayed for her death. meh. should i not have watched it drunk? reel‘s shitty one-line synopsis:

A woman seeks treatment at an experimental psychiatric clinic, where she learns how to transform her rage into the form of mutated children.


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