El Orfanato (2007)

We caught this spanish-language supernatural thriller over the weekend, and I highly recommend it.   I’m not a big fan of the genre, and prime examples like Rosemary’s Baby, and The Omen totally escape me.    But this one (The Orphanage, in english), is extremely well scripted and skillfully executed.  Its produced by Guillermo del Toro, the guy who directed Pan’s Labyrinth, and it shows.   The film owes a lot to whats referred to as J-Horror, the Japanese school of thrillers exemplified by  recent Hollywood versions of The Ring and The Grudge.    Its also got an intriguing ending that reminded me of The Sixth Sense.   It’s still haunting me nopunintended.

In the DVD extras, someone commented that its like the story of Peter Pan told from the perspective of the mother whose children have gone missing.  Thats a good clue.  Look for the Peter Pan reference early in the narrative.

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