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4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0015ET3YO
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Operating System: MOVIE

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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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i thought this was a very good suspense movie.there were a number of creepy moments,and thankfully no cheap scares.i also liked the fact that unlike in many films of the genre,there are no gimmicky CGI ghosts that look ridiculous.the acting is very good too,especially from the woman who plays the mother.i did think it was bit long though,at 105 minutes.i think they could have stream lined it a bit and knocked off a few minutes.the movie is also quite bleak,a bit too much for my tastes,except for the very last scene.and as for the ending,i found it a bit confusing,but maybe it's just me,me,because after checking the message boards on IMDb i noticed many people seemed to have the ending figured out.anyway i'll have to watch it again to see if i can figure out what i missed.overall,i'd give The Orphanage a 3/5
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