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The Devil's Backbone: The Review

Devil's Backbone Poster Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega (II), Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Íñigo Garcés, Irene Visedo, Francisco Maestre, José Manuel Lorenzo, Junio Valverde

One of the films I was looking forward to the most at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Devil's Backbone", the latest effort by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro himself was at the screening and put it best when he said, "this is not so much a ghost story, but more of a story with a ghost in it." Fans of Del Toro's work who were more impressed with 1993's 'Cronos' than 1997's 'Mimic', will be glad to hear that he has reverted back to the simpler, more stylish avenues that made 'Cronos' so compelling and unique.

Set during the end of Spanish Civil War, 'The Devil's Backbone' takes place in a secluded desert orphanage. The story opens with 12-year-old Carlos, (played by Fernando Tielve) whose father was killed in battle, being abandoned at the orphanage by his tutor. He quickly realizes that there may be something supernatural going on within the walls of Santa Lucia that may have something to do with the recent disappearance of one of the boys.

The film is highlighted by a myriad of interesting characters including 'Cronos's Federico Luppi as the orphanage's Professor and Eduardo Noriega as the mysterious ground's keeper, Jacinto. To further enhance the atmosphere, there are several eerie and original visual effects. I am pleased to say I found this a refreshing and revitalizing picture for the genre.

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