The orphanage

DVD - 2008 - Spanish
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The orphanage
Laura decides to purchase her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. The new environment awakens the imagination of Laura's son. His ongoing fantasy games played with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.


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Laura regresa con su familia al orfanato en el que creció de niña con la intención de abrir una residencia para niños discapacitados. La película es un viaje emocional, el del personaje de Laura, más que una película de terror. En este viaje, Laura rememora recuerdos de su niñez cuando su marido ... Read More »

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Jan 31, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Juan Bayona presents us with a ghost story that challenges our sense of reality by blurring the line between objective truth and subjective experience. Thirty years after being adopted from the “Good Shepherd Orphanage”, Laura Sanchez returns with her husband Carlos and young son Simon. She intends to buy the mouldering old building, long since abandoned, and turn it into a group home for children with special needs. One day however, after exploring a seaside cave, Simon claims to have met a new friend hiding in the shadows. This is hardly surprising as the overly inventive child already has two imaginary playmates; but when he invites “Tomas” home with him things start going bump in the night, doors mysteriously slam shut, and Simon ultimately disappears without a trace. Bayona realizes that children and adults inhabit very different realities and that adults will often indulge a child’s magical view of the world with little white lies and fanciful stories designed to shield them from some of life’s harsher lessons. But sometimes make-believe can backfire and an innocent game can develop ominous overtones... This film packs some very well-placed jolts aided by creepy camerawork and unsettling sound effects. It has an air of gothic horror about it that is truly chilling. Regrettably, Bayona asks us to take some pretty large leaps of faith: an elaborate game of dress-up towards the end seems like overkill; a scene involving psychic researchers recalls the excesses of Poltergeist ; and the dark secret at the heart of the film, involving a myopic nanny and sinister flour sacks, has too many holes in it to be effective. All the clues do add up in the end, but the Peter Pan finale left me feeling vaguely cheated.

Jan 16, 2015
  • Briar_Dean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is in my top five horror movies. It's brilliant and lovely.

Jan 16, 2015
  • Boobychuk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant slow-burn horror film produced by del Toro. Well worth a look if you enjoy quality film making.

Aug 08, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Nothing new in this movie as far as special effects that we haven’t seen 1000 times before. The movie was very cheaply made cheaply acted also in other words, it was a dumb movie.

Aug 04, 2014
  • jwilson01 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this movie! One of those movies with a great twist to the end and it's bitter sweet. Creepy but not so much it overtakes the plot.

Aug 01, 2014
  • Monuu rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not scary or entertaining.

May 20, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Chilling, and thought provoking. uses the same subtleties as The Devil's Backbone. Retains the elements of a classic ghost story, with brief touches of horror. Very well acted including the performance of Geraldine Chaplin. I recommend this for the more attentive ghost film fan.

Feb 15, 2014
  • bears1985 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sorry gave up horror and subtitles don't work ! :(

Jul 10, 2013

Just finished watching this movie. Great script, direction, editing and score. Highly recommend.
This film is sub-titled.

Mar 26, 2013
  • VampireHunterD rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

wouldnt call it horror,

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Jul 27, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Aug 08, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

One word can sum up this movie DUMB.


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Jul 27, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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