The Devil's Backbone


The Devil's Backbone Review

Guillermo Del Toro returns to Spanish-language thrillseeking with this creepfest, a period piece ghost story that often gets under your skin, though not quite with the same dramatic flair as Cronos. Del Toro puts the action at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, plopping us at a remote orphanage in the desert countryside. The orphanage has bigger problems than Franco, however: There's gold hidden in them thar walls, an unexploded bomb in the courtyard, and a dead kid at the bottom of a pool. Throw into the mix some pickled fetuses (and one horrific scene where the old patriarch drinks some of the brine), and you're set up for a freakshow royale.

Aka El Espinazo del diablo.

The Devil's Backbone

Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th April 2001

Box Office Worldwide: $6.5M

Budget: $4.5M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

Production compaines: Producciones Anhelo, El Deseo S.A., Tequila Gang, Sogepaq, Canal+ España

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 108 Rotten: 9

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Jacinto, as Casares, as Carmen, as Carlos, as Jaime, as Conchita, José Manuel Lorenzo as Marcelo, as El Puerco, Junio Valverde as Santi, as Alma, Adrián Lamana as Gálvez, Daniel Esparza as Marcos