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Old 02-22-2008, 12:48 AM   #501 (permalink)
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This film is about a family who purchases Laura's (wife) beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children.
A really good horror movie, but don't expect Jason popping out with a machete or anything like that, it's more of a drama based paranormal movie. Thats not to say this doesn't have scares it does, especially one scene that'll definitely make you jump. There's this really creepy atmosphere throughout the film, and you really feel like you're there. The acting was solid especially from Belén Rueda (Mar Adentro) who was brilliant as the desperate mother seeking answers. The score is very effective in setting the mood, but that's where my only problem comes, there's really good tense buildup for a lot of the scenes but the payoff really doesn't come. A short -coming for sure, but it doesn't hamper this other wise solidly made horror movie. I wouldn't be surprised if an American remake is already in the works But overall a well-paced, enthralling, story of loss and hope. If you liked Pan's labyrinth or the Devil's backbone, you'll love this.

8/10
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