The Devil’s Backbone / El Espinazo Del Diablo

The ghost is a metaphor


Release date: April 20, 2001
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Language: Spanish

Who should watch this movie: Fans of The Goonies. People who liked Pan’s Labyrinth. 

When should you watch this movie: When doing a Del Toro marathon. When you’re in the mood for something a little scary and very political. 

The sell: The Devil’s Backbone is set in the middle of a war you never actually see. It is also a ghost story FYI. Similar to Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro uses a child’s perspective to show audiences the true meaning of war and its consequences. Del Toro packs an enormous depth of commentary into an hour and forty-five minutes, and is able to paint a brutally honest portrait of political violence without imparting a sense of existential doom. Above all, the middle child of Del Toro’s trilogy leaves audiences with this important message: The battle against fascism will not cease so long as there is another generation to fight it.

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