Monday, January 28, 2008

Movie Review: The Devil's Backbone

Movie Review: The Devil's Backbone
Written by Purple Tigress
Published January 06, 2008

If you've seen Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, you might be interested in his 2001 movie, El Espinazo del Diablo or as we know it, The Devil's Backbone. He called it the spiritual sequel to Pan's Labyrinth.

...The devil's backbone, according to Dr. Casares, is what superstitious villagers call fetuses with spina bifida...In order to provide some money for the orphanage, the doctor plays on the local superstitions. The preserved fetuses are embalmed in spices and rum, and the rum is believed to cure various ailments, most importantly impotence....These incompletely formed children are nobody's children, but according to the doctor, they are the result of poverty and ignorance....


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