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the Devil's Backbone.

the Devil's Backbone is a horror film directed by the fellow who brought Blade II and Mimic to the screen, guillermo del toro. looking at those two american made films, one would not have much hope for the spanish made horror film by the same guy, but the truth is, the Devil's Backbone is a surprisingly good film. it's not perfect, as i think he gives away the ghost too early (an image of it) and the resolution of the film doesn't quite hang together.

it has some wonderful images in it, though: the bomb sticking in the middle of the school, the ghost of the boy santi, and just the general look of the film. there are times when i think the film could have been richer, visually, and when some of the characters could have been fleshed out more, but the main characters are well handled. considering two of these and young boys, no older than twelve, and how much i actively dislike films with children protagonists, this is no mean feat.

(i can't stand that haley joel whateverhisnameis kid from the Sixth Sense. stop putting him and children in films, just stop it.)

the Devil's Backbone is about carlos, a newly orphaned boy who is left in a school for other orphaned children, and the ghost that haunts it, and the civil war raging around it. i suspect i might have been some things as i'm not huge on my spanish civil war history, but even without that, it's a good film, worth the time.