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El Espinazo Del Diablo (2001)
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El Espinazo Del Diablo (2001) It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, the son of a fallen Republican war hero, is left by his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. The orphanage is run by a curt but considerate headmistress named Carmen and a kindly Professor Casares, both of whom are sympathetic to the doomed Republican cause. Despite their concern for him, and his gradual triumph over the usual schoolhouse bully, Carlos never feels completely comfortable in his new environment. First of all, there was that initial encounter with the orphanage's nasty caretaker, Jacinto, who reacts even more violently when anyone is caught looking around a particular storage room the one with the deep well. Second, and more inexplicable, is the presence of a ghost, one of the former occupants of the orphanage named Santi. Not long after Carlos' arrival, Santi latches onto Carlos, badgering him incessantly at night and gloomily intoning, "Many of you will die." As if that wasn't enough to keep the orphanage's occupants in an unrelenting state of terror, there's the un-exploded bomb that dominates the orphanage's courtyard, still ticking away; With the orphanage left defenseless by its isolation, and the swift progression of Franco's troops, the ghost's prediction seems depressingly accurate. Nevertheless, with every step of the plot, it becomes apparent that the ghost's predictions as to who (or what) will die, the real source of danger and even the definition of death itself may be more ambiguous than first thought.

Movie Tagline:
The living will always be more dangerous than the dead.

Title: El Espinazo Del Diablo
Release Date: September 02, 2001
Runtime: 106 mins
Genre: Fantasy
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: Spanish
Country: Spain, Mexico
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Buried.com Rating: 8.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality.

Guillermo del Toro

Marisa Paredes ...Carmen
Eduardo Noriega ...Jacinto
Federico Luppi ...Dr. Casares
Fernando Tielve ...Carlos
Inigo Garces ...Jaime
Irene Visedo ...Conchita
Jose Manuel Lorenzo ...Marcelo
Francisco Maestre ...El Puerco (as Paco Maestre)
Junio Valverde ...Santi
Berta Ojea ...Alma
Adrian Lamana ...Galvez
Daniel Esparza ...Marcos
Miguel Ortiz ...
Juan Carlos Vellido ...
Javier Bodalo ...Buho (as Javier Gonzalez Madrigal)
Victor Elias ...
Jose Luis Torrijo ...
Alvaro Vega ...
Jonas Batlecas ...
Daniel Cuno ...
Ruben Escamilla ...
Andreas Munoz ...
Adrian Serna ...
Javier Gonzalez Sanchez ...
Alvaro Roman ...
Mikel Selles ...
Leandro Tejada ...
Izan Checa ...
Victor Barroso ...Luis
Martin Hernandez ...Octavio

» [more cast members]

Agustin Almodovar
Pedro Almodovar
Rosa Bosch
Bertha Navarro
Michel Ruben
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro
Antonio Trashorras
David Munoz

Javier Navarrete

El Espinazo Del Diablo Horror Film Trailer 1

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Una lágrima"
"Besos Frios"
"Yo no sé que me han hecho tus ojos"

More Movie Taglines:
  • The living will always be more dangerous than the dead.
  • What is a ghost?
Movie Quote(s):
  • Casares: What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.
  • Casares: Stay by my side as my light grows dim /as my blood slows down and my nerves shatter with stabbing pain / as my heart grows weak / and the wheels of my being turn slowly / Stay by my side /as my fragile body is racked by pain /which verges on truth / and manic time continues scattering dust / and furious life bursts out in flames. Stay by my side / as I fade / so you can point to the end of my struggle /and the twilight of eternal days / at the low, dark edge of life.
Movie Trivia:
  • Was strongly inspired by the director's personal memories, especially his relationship with his uncle, who supposedly came back as a ghost.
  • The Spanish comic series "Paracuellos" by Carlos Giménez was an important source of inspiration. This semi-biographical work takes place in a Francoist orphanage during the early 50's. Giménez worked as a storyboard artist on this film.
  • Guillermo del Toro has said that this is his favorite movie of his own (2003).
  • This labor of love for director Guillermo del Toro was sixteen years in development.
  • The film came together when Guillermo del Toro bumped into Pedro Almodóvar at the 1994 Miami Film Festival where he had just shown Cronos (1993). Almodovar told him that he had just seen his film and wanted to produce his next movie.
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