Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

Director: Guillermo Del Toro. Cast: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi. 106 min. Rated R. Spain/Mexico. Fantasy.

Like the Japanese, the Mexicans have proven they can make good ghost stories. This one boasts the disturbing style Del Toro later perfected in his Pan's Labyrinth: combining a child's story with some bold bloody violence. But as the story goes on, too many events are left for the ghosts to handle, which dilutes the "believability" factor. For a much more haunting (and enjoyable) Mexican event, I would recommend another Del Toro produced flick, The Orphanage.

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