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The Orphanage (2007)

Cast: Marina DeMendialdua, Belen Rueda, Geraldine Chaplin, more...
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona, Ramón Martos, Juan Antonio Bayona
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Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Spain, Mexico
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past. As a child, young orphan Laura spent her formative years being cared for by the staff of a large orphanage located by the Spanish seaside. Those were some of the happiest years of Laura's life, and now, 30 years later, the former charge returns to the dilapidated institution with her husband, Carlos, and their seven-year-old son, Simon, to reopen the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. However, something ominous haunts the darkened hallways of this silent, stately manor. When Simon's behavior begins to grow increasingly bizarre and malicious, Laura and Carlos start to suspect that the mysterious surroundings have awoken something ominous in the young boy's imagination. It's not long before Laura, too, is drawn into this disturbing web and the repressed memories of the past come flooding back in a terrifying torrent of tension and deeply disturbing revelations. With opening day drawing near and their situation growing increasingly grim by the hour, Carlos attempts to write off Simon's bizarre behavior as a desperate bid to get more attention from his distracted parents. Laura isn't so easily convinced of this theory, though, and soon embarks on a desperate quest to unearth the terrible secret that lurks in the old house, waiting for just the right moment to inflict devastating damage on both her and her family. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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More intelligent than the average slasher by OliveBrown January 22, 2010 - 11:21 AM PST
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This movie has a middle section that's a straight rip-off of Poltergeist. A few mildly gruesome scenes keep the tension high, but the ending is calm and redeeming.




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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2007
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Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die
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From the book by Steven Jay Schneider
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