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The Devil's Backbone

Featuring: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega & Frederico Luppi

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Less spine-tingling, more spell-binding

| | See all theWub's reviews (135)

This is a tragic allegory that unfolds around a fairly conventional ghost story. It is not, however, a horror film, as it is often billed. Rather, it's a tale of longing, greed, and oppression. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War there are obvious parallels between the tyranny of the orphanage caretaker over the boys and the struggle of their nation against fascism. The imagery, especially the ever-present unexploded bomb in the isolated orphanage yard, lends a poetic poignancy to the boys' plight. It's beautifully filmed and the performances are uniformly impressive. Moving, provocative stuff.

  Good ghost story!

| | See all drummop's reviews (97)

Not quite in the same league as Pan but a worthy effort all the same. Made to a smaller scaler and less ambitous than Pan's L, it has some nice scares, some nasty characters and wonderful cinematography, and excellent performances from the children involved.

  Very Good

| | See all jinkyjenks's reviews (14)

Like a lot of people (I presume), went to cinema to watch Pans Labrynth, got blown away and gone backwards to watch Del Toro's other films. Of the rest, this is the best....well acted, directed and the plot is great.

  Excellent film, but the DVD.......

| | See all MC1985's reviews (4)

Great film, as all these posts say, I won't add to it. But be warned that the subtitling on the DVD is slightly askew. I don't know what Optimum were thinking here. The subtitles aren't well timed at all, appearing half way through a sentence or appearing after someone has said something, making the audience a little confused as to what's happening. It's distracting and annoying, but other than that it's a great movie.

  The best in the Latin resurrection.

| | See all dracola's reviews (19)

Del Toro's best film, the best in Spanish horror alot better paced than the orphanage and genuinely creepy. Its just a shame this didn't get the publicity that pan's labyrinth got . If you liked pan's see this and see where the hype began.

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  Viva Espania!

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Del Toro really has his own style of directing. Like Tim Burton, he protrays a dark film that you can tell is his!.. Devils Backbone isnt as scary as i thought from the Sympnosis and i did guess the plot but dont let that put you off. The actors are brilliant the story is well thought out. ... Bien!!

  a fantastic movie

| | See all tulum134's reviews (5)

What can I say, this has to be one of the best movie I'v ever seen. great storyline, great characters and great scares. i bought this from play.com 5 years ago and yet I still watch it.

  Another great Del Toro movie

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Probably like a few people, I've been slowly working my way through Del Toro's back catalogue on the back of Pan's Labyrinth. Cronos was a disappointment. Hell Boy was great fun. This film is excellent.

Like his other films, there are subtle sub plots running below the surface that give added life and meaning to the various characters. Great characters and story (and I thought the way the ghost was presented as a watery corpse was unique and original).

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After watching Pan's Labyrinth on DVD, I had been somewhat disappointed. Perhaps because every review I had read of it gave it 5 stars, and all my friends had said how amazing it was, I was a touch let down (although clearly it was still a very good movie).
This film however, tops Pan's Labyrinth for story, characterisation and scares (In my humble opinion at least). The story is a wonderfully tragic ghost tale about an orphanage in Spain during the civil war. Some similar themes to Pan's, but in a way I felt much more engaged with. The supernatural elements are simple, but effective, without huge displays of CGI they manage to be creepy and jumpy in all the right places.
Acting from all parties was of a very high standard, with some excellent performances from the child actors.
Well worth a look if you enjoyed Pan's or Cronos.

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