I adore Pan’s Labyrinth, but this film deserves a comparable amount of time in the spotlight.
Hey, do you like stories about ghosts that are actually metaphors for a nation’s inability to learn from its past trauma, leading to future horrors? Well, GOOD NEWS.
We continue our month of international horror with Guillermo Del Toro’s 2001 film The Devil’s Backbone, a gorgeous and poignant ghost story that just got a very fancy Criterion release. Join us for wailing about the themes, the A+ effects; and yes, more fucked-up production details.
Legacies of trauma in Del Toro’s work
CONTENT WARNING for discussion of child death, child abuse (physical and sexual), gore, body horror, abjection of disability, and war crimes
7:00 The Plot
10:00 “What is a Ghost”
16:00 A Brutal Setting
21:00 The Literary Grotesque
31:00 Homage to the Gothic
36:00 Them Effects
39:00 You’ll Never Leave This Place
42:00 Del Toro’s Mindset
48:00 Should You Watch This
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