El espinazo del diablo

DVD - 2002 - Spanish
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
El espinazo del diablo
During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all.

Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2002], c2001
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 0767886674
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 22, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

During the Spanish Civil War a group of abandoned orphans witness firsthand man's propensity to inflict suffering upon others. Nightmare visions of a ghostly child compete with macabre images of violence and death......an unexploded bomb in a playground, a dead fetus in a jar, burned bodies covered in rubble. The film seems balanced on the edge of a spiritual abyss and even the faint glint of humanity at the end does little to dispel the darkness. "The Devil's Backbone" is both haunted and haunting.....well worth seeing.

Dec 27, 2014
  • jaqmartial1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great film...if you watch this film after the "headless woman" it will not be slow at all...great acting as well.

Apr 13, 2014
  • sweetsoo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well worth putting up with the subtitles. A riveting movie.

Sep 03, 2013
  • karmafarmer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Top notch actors -children included- and a great ghost story. I probably would have rated it higher if I had not already seen it's companion film "Pan's Labyrinth" [so impressed by that one I bought my own copy]. I will have to track down the original release for the commentary; the one included here has Del Toro off on a tangent for the first hour, more of a passionate history lecture on gothic romance. The man is almost a genre of his own.

Apr 16, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Spanish Civil War was used as a backdrop to this story and the stage is an orphanage run by an older couple. It is a 'ghost story', and there are scenes that are reasonably scary. But you don't jump out of your seat. The story was told in a subdued, poetic fashion and the cast of children was well selected and they all acted well. Just a very well executed film by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. Spanish with subtitles.

Sep 26, 2012

Fabulous movie! Great storytelling and acting by the entire cast, especially the child actors. Del Toro describes this as a fairy tale, and it certainly has that quality to it, though it is definitely a fairy tale for adults. Two thumbs up!!

Oct 16, 2010
  • Dalison0817 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you're a fan of Pan's Labyrinth, this movie is one of the director's first project. If you're afraid of ghost, you wouldn't be after watching this. I'm not afraid of ghosts.


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