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Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a ... Show synopsis

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  • Why Is Span Doing So Well With Horror Films? May 26, 2010
    by mehaul

    TITLE: The Orphanage (el Orfanato)
    GENRE: Supernatural Fantasy/Horror. subtitled
    CAST: Belen Rueda, Geraldine Chaplin,Fernando Cayo and Roger princep
    PLOT: An orphan girl becomes an adult and adopts a young boy with a deadly desease. She convinces her husband to purchase the closed building where she grew up and to turn it into a home for challenged youth. Her son goes missing and she refuses to give up hope of finding him somewhere on the premises. A supernatural link develops between a ghost world and the real one. She straddles the doorway between the two in her quest.
    RETURN ON INVESTMENTS: 9 of 10; The cinematography is excellent. The story is a sort of reverse Peter Pan. The character development is wonderful. The evidence presented of there being an alternate existence is presented without the usual special effects. This is just an all round entertaining experience. The subtitling doesn't distract because the conversations are so normal and not horrific. There isn't an ancient curse that needs explaining, just the beliefs we all know from within ourselves.
    DVD BONUS: Behind the scenes of...; making of...; Lots of inmterviews again which aren't lost in the subtitling.
    ADDED NOTES: Though there are plans afoot to create an English version, I think this will follow the footsteps of another del Toro enterprise, Pan's Labyrinth, and just come to us as the Spanish piece of artwork. I don't think anyone else can carry off the mother part as well as Rueda did here.

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