The Devil's Backbone

The Devil's Backbone

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Average of 280 ratings: 3.5 Stars

2001 M Contains violence & offensive language.

THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE is a stylish and unpredictable supernatural chiller from director Guillermo Del Toro (CRONOS, MIMIC, BLADE 2) which deftly mixes horror, suspense and dark humour.

Twelve-year-old Carlos is the latest arrival to Santa Lucia School, an imposing stone building that shelters the orphans of the Republican militia and politicians during the last days of the Spanish Civil War. Carlos gradually uncovers the dark ties that bind the inhabitant of the school: hidden riches, sexual intrigue and the restless ghost of a murdered student.

Presented by Agustin and Pedro Almodovar (from ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER) and starring Marisa Paredes (from THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET), Federico Luppi (from MEN WITH GUNS) and Eduardo Noriega (from OPEN YOUR EYES), THE DEVILS BACKBONE is a richly atmospheric, genuinely thrilling ride in the tradition of THE OTHERS and THE SIXTH SENSE.

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108 minutes
Nat. Film & Sound

DVD details

Screen Format
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Audio commentary by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro; Behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the movie in Spanish with English subtitles; Storyboard comparisons; Original movie trailer; Bonus movie trailers

Blu-ray details

Screen Format
1080p High Definition Widescreen 16x9 1.85:1
Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio

4 Member Reviews Write a review

4 by Ganny01

A well made, acted and engaging film which avoids cliches.

3 by Flingo

I wouldn't class this one as a horror, more of a soft thriller. The story is fresh and well-acted but also slightly predictable. As so often happens with films, there is an hour to build the story... Read more

2 by Tony132

Not as good as I expected. Much of the movie was done in dark surroundings which I don't enjoy. Not for young people especially if you hate subtitles.

2 by mia4sanne1

Not quite what I expected at all, I wasn't shaking in my boots, neither was I baffled by the events or even mystified. Storyline was there but was a bit weak, I found it hard to stay awake during this... Read more