Tuesday, September 14, 2010

121. September 13/14, 2010 - The Orphanage (2007)

This may not have been directed by Guillermo del Toro, but it has the same chilling and moving feel that Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone have. J.A. Bayona definitely channeled at least some of del Toro's filmmaking talent. The story walks the line between paranormal horror and pyschological thriller, allowing the audience to piece together what they think is happening before throwing them for a loop at the very end. The performances are all pretty good, but this movie is truly about the story and the tone - though I will say that I greatly enjoy the surprise appearance of Geraldine Chaplin as a medium who is brought in to commune with the ghost children. Don't watch this alone late at night, but definitely watch it at some point.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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