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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Day 4: El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

Day 4 of the 31 Days of Halloween count down:

The Orphanage (2007) is a a terribly spooky and exciting Spanish flick (English subtitled), The impressive cinematography and heavy atmosphere sets it apart from most of the other horror/thriller movies of this decade.

Under the direction of Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), El Orfanato ties you to the characters in a unique and genuine way. This is so much more than a ghost story!

Though there are a few 'gotcha' moments, they are not what the film relies on. The film is saturated with a beautifully creepy feel throughout.

The story revolves around a woman (Laura), her husband (Carlos), and their orphan son (Simón). All of whom live in a house that used to be an orphanage in which Laura grew up.

Simón's imaginary friends begin playing games with the family and before long a nightmare ensues. One of the imaginary friends, Tomás, leaves a trail for Laura to uncover the truth behind the orphanage and its dark past.

This is one of my favorites! AND, actually, I am dressing as Tomás for Halloween this year.


  1. Haven't seen this one yet and I know that if I do, I'll have to watch it during the safety of daylight.

  2. I have this movie on my Netflix; it looks delightfully spooky, I can't wait to see it!

  3. @Lady Truth- It is soo good! Daylight won't save you, hahahha

    @Sami- It is available on Netflix instant queue as well.


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