Devil's Backbone | El Espinazo del Diablo
Marisa Paredes Eduardo Noriega ,Federico Luppi ,Fernando Tielve,
Íñigo Garcés and Irene Visedo
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Note: The Devil's Back Bone is a foreign film in Spanish
with subtitles; but this does not lessen its ominous affects.
Autographed Poster Of DB!
speaking? You'll be chilled to the bone, like a good old-fashioned
horror film with The Devil's Backbone! In my case, this
weird all over spine tingling genuine fear ran through my body,
practically, through the whole wonderfully different film! Scrumptious!
is a sad, tradgic, story. Right from the very first frame
you understand this is no fluffy Hollywood love story filled
with a mini-waisted starlettes de Jour and straight teethed
metrosexual studio manpod clones. Director Guillermo del Toro
has selected his cast for realism and strength and the performances
meet Professor Casares (Frederico Luppi) as he recites one of
his many memorized poems. In this opening poem we hear him speak
of the meaning of "ghost." With his soft sullen tone,
he sets the mood...
Prof. Casares runs a boys' school/orphanage for children caught
up in the Spanish Civil War. The kids who inhabit the dreary
fort-like school are alone, and their surroundings desolate.
The visual metaphors are flying around you like Dolby surround
new boy, Carlos (Fernando Tielve), has been unceremoniously
left in the Professor's care and arrives without fanfare. Carlos
is immediately terrified at these new shockingly cruel and cold
surroundings. It's not bad enough the school marm, principle
Carmen (Marisa Paredes), has a welcoming personality of a Nurse
Ratched, but apparently the dismal school is also haunted by
"The one who sighs."
"The One Who Sighs" is a bonifide child ghost that
bangs and bumps throughout the lonely nights. The children believe,
the elders think it's a child's game. Shiver. He cozies
up to little Carlos.
On top of the horror with the disgruntled ghost, Carlos is now
zeroed in on by the resident tough kid, Jaime ( Íñigo
Garcés). Jaime has decided to "break in "Carlos
mega-school bully style. You feel so bad for this adorable child.
I mean, because poor Carlos doesn't have enough stress being
suddenly dumped at some weird school, unsure of his future
and dealing with the Chatty-Cathy ghost now he needs the little
ferret after him too!
Devil's Backbone gets real creepy real fast and director
Guillermo del Toro is not afraid to bare his love of the horror
genre to the unsuspecting audience. The ghostly apparition,
is unsettling and sadly appears to be a child recently missing
from the school. He starts to warn Carlos of an impending doom.
"Many will die
" the sad zombie-looking little
fellow whispers. Of course nothing more, like where, when how,
but that's part of the chill and terror.
there are several subplots forming in the film. There are a
couple of love stories within all the adrenaline pumping ghost
scenes that'll keep you on the edge- or under your seat!
studly Jacinto ( Eduardo Noriega ) who is himself an ex-school
boy, now grown and assisting the Prof. Casares and the principle
Carmen around the grounds. He's smitten with the simple cook
Conchita (Irene Visedo). Yeah, but Jacinto is a shady shiddy
character with a chip on his shoulder the size of Tom Cruise's
ego. He's determined to become something no matter what he has
to do to become that something. He'll let no one, not even some
silly ghost, stand in the way of his delusional dreams of running
off with Conchita and starting a farm.
professor, meanwhile, has an unspoken love for the principle.
After over twenty years it is still a love that has not been
physically consummated. The two copulate by means of poetry
orating. Organism not with flesh but words? Romantic, I guess.
I'd need therapy.
the school occupants' lives are intertwined as we head down
the script, and the resident ghost is getting anxious
meetings with young Carlos are becoming more daring and urgent.
But why? What is he trying to warn Carlos about?
Eduardo Noriega , playing evil Jacinto, is a yummy concoction
of man Paella; slurpable, deep and filled with a mixture of
exotic taste sensations! And he's evil, sure, but still super
sexy! A young intense actor that even without uttering a word
in English still had his American audience captivated.
children playing Carlos and Jaime, Fernando Tielve and Íñigo
Garcés, held their scenes like seasoned pros. Fernando's
sorrow filled Carlos was a heart- retching young man who's eyes
made your own well up with sadness for him more than once. Íñigo's
Jaime was complex and deep, not easily figured out. Both brilliant
Devil's Backbone is a very engaging film. The children are
precious. You want to rescue them and save them from their sad
existence. The child ghost is simply of the clench - your -
fingers - into - the - theater - chair scary in a surreal classic
ghost way. Every element from set, to cinematography, to performance
is stitched together as beautifully orchestrated a period piece
as The English Patient. Enjoy!
Recommendation: Fetus elixors...see the film and you'll