Sun 18 February 2:00pm
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast : Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi
In Spanish with English subtitles
A deliciously dark horror, The Devil’s Backbone tells the tale of a remote Spanish orphanage during the final days of the Spanish Civil War, whose young inhabitants are brutally terrorised by Santi, a decomposing spirit who stalks the building’s dark decaying hallways. But, as the film builds to a grisly, explosive finale, the children learn the true story of Santi’s death and rise up to vow a deadly vengeance on his vicious murderer.
A return to Spanish language film-making following Mimic, del Toro’s first Hollywood studio feature, The Devil’s Backbone was brilliantly shot for maximum suspense by cinematographer Guillermo Navarro and – as Pan’s Labyrinth would in later years – expertly balances dazzling fantasy with gripping Spanish Civil War themes.