The Devil's Backbone

The Devil's Backbone
The Devil's Backbone
  • R
  • 1h 48m
  • 2001
Certified Fresh92%
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His father killed in the brutal fighting of the Spanish Civil War, ten-year-old Carlos is sent to live at the desolate Santa Lucia School, now a makeshift shelter for war orphans. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a series of seemingly supernatural encounters: strange shadows, voices and, most frightening of all, the apparition of a brutalized young boy. Turns out that Carlos is not alone in seeing these strange phenomena, many other children have experienced the "One Who Sighs," as the entity has come to be called. A classic ghost story, haunting as it is moving, "The Devil's Backbone" is also a subtle allegory for the war that rages on just beyond the school's walls.
© 2000 2001 Tequila Gang, S.A. de C.V. and El Deseo, D.A., S.L.U. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh92%
Critics Consensus: Creepily atmospheric and haunting, The Devil's Backbone is both a potent ghost story and an intelligent political allegory.
New Yorker
Bruce Diones

Del Toro's elegant pacing and gothic touches imbue the proceedings with a cool mystery.

June 22, 2017
AV Club
Nathan Rabin

The Devil's Backbone augments its abundant creepiness with an equally powerful poignancy.

June 22, 2017
Jonathan Holland

Though it fails in its final reels to capitalize on its early promise, pic is still stylish, accom...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Horror, Drama
  • Release Date:November 21, 2001
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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