The Devil’s Backbone.

ImageYoung Carlos, played by Fernando Tielve, has been left at the doorsteps of an orphange, located in a remote section of Spain; it is becoming more and more difficult for the headmistress to walk as her artificial leg becomes a greater burden; soldiers fighting in the Civil War are quickly approaching; there is an unexploded bomb in the central courtyard of the building and rumors of gold hidden somewhere in its catacombs; and the ghost of young murdered boy, Santi, wanders the halls.  And all these various elements collide in the brilliant gothic horror story, “The Devil’s Backbone,” directed by Guillermo del Toro.  The film deservedly won raves and was released in a 2-disc collection by Sony Pictures a few years ago.  It is receiving a much-deserved upgrade with the announcement The Criterion Collection is preparing the title for release on Blu-ray.  A much-needed new digital film restoration will do justice to the sun-soaked exterior shots of the orphanage while simultaneously lending an air of creepiness to the night-time scenes of the building’s haunted interiors.  To continue reading the Cinema page, click here.

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