The Devil's BackboneDirector: Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro, who quickly became one of the most talked-about directors in contemporary horror films with his first two features, Chronos and Mimic, takes on a more subtle tale of terror with this psychological suspense piece. Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that's used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Franco's troops, and an unexploded bomb waits to be defused in the home's courtyard. One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, looking for a place to stay after being left behind by his parents. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Inigo Garces), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage.
The Devil's Backbone has been compared to The Others, and has the same ambition and intelligence, but is more compelling and even convincing.
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Cast & Crew
|Guillermo del Toro||Director,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Agustín Almodóvar||Executive Producer|
|Luis de la Madrid||Editor|
|Cesar Macarron||Art Director|
|Joaquin Manchado||Camera Operator|
|Salva Mayolas||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Javier Navarrete||Score Composer|
|Bertha Navarro||Executive Producer|
|Miguel Rejas||Sound/Sound Designer|
|José Vico||Costumes/Costume Designer|
Audio commentary featuring Del Toro
Video introduction by Del Toro from 2010
New interviews with Del Toro about the process of creating the ghost Santi and the drawings and designs made in preparation for the film
¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary
Spanish Gothic, a 2010 interview with Del Toro about the genre and its influence on his work
Interactive director’s notebook, with Del Toro’s drawings and handwritten notes, along with interviews with the filmmaker.
Four deleted scenes, with optional commentary.
New featurette about the Spanish Civil War as evoked in the film.
Program comparing Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez’s storyboards with the final film.
Selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches alongside the sections of the final film they represent (Blu-ray edition only).
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode
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a pretty good movie ! kinda sad n a way but also creepy 1..
This is probably the best spanish horror movie I've ever seen. The story is great, with an unexpected twist at the end. The effects for Santi are extremely creepy.
Not only that but it also introduced to me to different horror movies other than the usual American ones we seen a million times (no offense). Anyway this was a very good and suspenseful film and that ghost boy was creepy. Here we have a boy who is left at an orphanage and is haunted by a ghost and with help from his new friends they try to find out what happened. The ending was weird but still alright. Letting you know that it is sort of bloody so yeah watch with caution
This is one of the best movies that i have ever seen. Absolutley bone chilling! I don't get scared watching movies very often, but this one really did it for me.