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The Devil's Backbone

After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.
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Christian Science Monitor
October 07, 2013 This moody ghost story follows generally familiar lines despite its unusual historical setting, but it's imaginatively filmed and builds a sense of brooding emotional power.
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Under the Radar
September 08, 2014 Although spooky, The Devil's Backbone becomes weighed down by perhaps one too many subplots.
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Radio Times
October 07, 2013 Though the whodunnit takes a fairly predictable course, the Spanish Civil War background adds powerful narrative and symbolic weight, while the striking imagery is simply poetic.
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New Yorker
October 07, 2013 Del Toro's elegant pacing and gothic touches imbue the proceedings with a cool mystery.
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Chicago Reader
September 24, 2007 An entertaining and atmospheric revenge tale.
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Variety
October 18, 2008 Though it fails in its final reels to capitalize on its early promise, pic is still stylish, accomplished and tremendously enjoyable fare.
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Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 07, 2013 What Del Toro provides with The Devil's Backbone is the recognition that evil exists within the most routine of circumstances. That knowledge is as old as humanity's belief in the fantastic, and just as powerful.
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Wall Street Journal
October 07, 2013 It's a horror flick, and a creepily good one, that also functions as an allegory of the war that still haunts Spain seven decades later.
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New York Daily News
October 14, 2014 Guillermo Del Toro's The Devil's Backbone is a really cool ghost story with an extraordinary human and political dimension.
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AV Club
October 07, 2013 The Devil's Backbone augments its abundant creepiness with an equally powerful poignancy.
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Baltimore Sun
October 07, 2013 You may find that images from this movie clamber back into your memory weeks after you see it, and give your spine a chill.
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Excelsior
October 31, 2016 A microcosm, that is like a small war, combining living and dead, resentments, betrayals and revenge in an exceptional way with an impeccable cast. [Full review in Spanish]
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Annabelle: Creation
IMDb: 7
2017
109 min
Country: United States
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into ...