One of the best horror movie ever, in my opinion. Though I’m rather reluctant to call it horror. Its more of a human drama with supernatural elements and it was directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro who gave us Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s a pity that this movie is not as well known as Pan’s Labyrinth even though it’s just as good. It is at its core a ghost story set against the end of the Spanish civil war in an orphanage where the worst of human nature emerges. The storytelling is just great, it’s subtle, the scares just above a “whisper” but it all cumulates into an ending that is terribly terribly haunting and incredibly heartbreaking...especially taking into account the setting…by the end of it you’d really just want to cry and cry. And of course the movie begins and ends with one of my favourite movie lines
What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber - Casares.