The Devil’s Backbone

Screening Dates:
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.

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