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The Devil’s Backbone (2001)


After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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Released Year: 2001
Runtime: 106 minutes
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Directors: Guillermo del Toro

Storyline


After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.

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Reviews


91
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers.
90
L.A. Weekly - F. X. Feeney
Here is a ghost story so dynamic you could call it a ghost poem.
80
Chicago Reader - Unnamed
An entertaining and atmospheric revenge tale.
80
New Times (L.A.) - Luke Y. Thompson
The sensitive art-house viewer should be warned: Though slow-moving at first, the film ends in explosions and violent death, with a level of sadism that will undoubtedly prove too intense for some viewers.
80
TV Guide Magazine - Maitland McDonagh
Brooding ghost story is rich with psychological and political implications that never obscure its fundamental creepiness.

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