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  • Actors: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla
  • Directors: J.A. Bayona
  • Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez
  • Producers: Belén Atienza, Elena Manrique, Guillermo del Toro, Joaquín Padró, Mar Targarona
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Release Date: April 22 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015ET3YO

Product Description

Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (director of Pan's Labyrinth) presents The Orphanage, a chilling ghost story about a woman who discovers dark and horrific secrets hidden within her cherished childhood home and her desperate attempt to rescue her family from the nightmare into which she unwittingly led them. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2008
Format: DVD
The Orphanage, does bring sophistication in ghost stories which is rarely heard of, but Guillermo Del Toro manages to pull it off time and time again, and somehow he even managed to inject his magic into this one, which he only produced - as this very much plays out like one of his own films. Not to discredit Mr. Bayona, though, for he has done a fine job. This is a dark, powerful, and moving masterpiece that both adheres to convention and brings some new, more artistic elements to the table in the direction and storytelling.

There was nothing about this film I didn't like. The acting, the thrills, the cinematography, the story, and the atmosphere. Everything was not short of sheer brilliance. The chilling moments freaked me out a couple of times, which I'm glad they did. That was what I wanted out of this film, but I was offered so much in return. Since I knew Guillermo Del Toro was involved with this project, I had a feeling it would be good. I just didn't think it would be THIS good. It was also very heart-warming, which was something I did not expect.

The acting is great, Belen Rueda as Laura is magnificent. Fernando Cayo as the husband Carlos is also good; he looks like a Spanish version of Josh Lucas. The kids do a decent job. And seeing Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin's daughter) was a surprise, and she delivered an excellent performance as the 'seeing' medium. The bond that Laura, Simon, and Carlos shared is very sensitive and is carried out well throughout the movie.

This is definitely one of those horror films you should see more than once. The horror films you see nowadays are weak, not scary, and most of all; not worth your time. This one is WORTH the time. Believe me, his film has absolutely everything you need to know on how to make a well-executed ghost story and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew King on May 17 2008
Format: DVD
"The Orphanage" is a Spanish chiller in the vain of "Pan's Labyrinth" and especially, Guillermo Del Toro's 90's masterstroke "The Devil's Backbone". Whereas those movies were period pieces, The Orphanage takes place in the present as a mother returns to the abandones orphanage where she grew up to raise her son.

Not surprisingly, the place is filled with ghosts of the children who died there in a tragic accident. Soon after, the mother's son goes missing and she embarks on an obsessive journey to find him.

Believe the hype; this is one of the best horror movies in a LONG time. It's genuinely creepy, has a great story, is filled with chilling mythology and goes places we seldom espect it to. A true winner that will stand the test of time and is sure to become a modern horror classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam on Sept. 13 2009
Format: DVD
The Orphanage is a Spanish movie with English subtitles that starts off with a married couple moving into the orphanage that the woman grew up in. They have an adopted child who has imaginary friends. Once they move there, their child makes friends with another imaginary friend, but this one does not seem imaginary at all. Little by little, their adopted child discovers that he is not their real child and the distance between the child and the stepmother grows further until the child goes missing.

Discover where the child disappears and the dark secrets of the orphanage in this shocking mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily on July 14 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I thought that it was a great movie with a fantastic surprise ending. The plot at first glance seemed extremely cliché, but as the film progressed it went away from that. It truly had a great plot and the subtitles didn't seem to bug me at all. This movie is a must watch and I enjoyed it immensely. You definitely don't usually see a lot of horror/thriller movies like this now a days. In my personal opinion this is the best horror/thriller film I've seen that was made past the year 2 000. Overall it was an endearing film with a great plot and well done surprise ending...I would definitely recommend this movie, it's truly a work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek G St John on Feb. 3 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
From the moment I watched this film in the theatre I was hooked. This is one fantastic ghost story!! I wish more of this quality were made these days and I fully recommend to anyone who is a fan of the genre.
Set in Spain, it's a story of an former orphan who later in life goes on to re-open the orphanage she grew up in with her husband and son. What she doesn't know is the terrible events that took place after her adoption, and then her son goes missing ....
I'll leave it at that so as not to give anything away. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skippy on Sept. 23 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Don't worry if you're not a fan of subtitles, this is a good film to watch. Not gory, just creepy and a great story. A good and worthy addition to any collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trek fan on May 14 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I agree with all the other reviews that this is one scary movie,just the
way i love them,you see this is why people don't broaden their mind
just because a movie has subtitle,and let me say there are some of the
best that's out there,i have to say really love it.
for the guy who have a problem with the d.v.d get the blu-ray it's in 2:35.1
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Format: DVD
Well above average haunted house film. As emotional as it is scary.

The same could be said of most of producer Guillermo Del Toro's films.

The story feels a little too familiar for most of it's length to quite
make it to classic film status, although the last 10 minutes do
elevate it to something more moving and more thoughtful than 95%of the
genre pictures currently being made.

Wonderfully acted by Belen Rueda, as a mother whose child mysteriously
disappears. Well shot as well.

The kind of film I look forward to re-watching, sure that now that I
know its secrets, there's even more to be uncovered.
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