The Orphanage DVD £3.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV
The Orphanage DVD £3.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV

The Orphanage DVD £3.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV

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A haunting and heartbreaking plot full of unimaginable scares and creeping, undefined dread; Juan Antonio Bayona's astounding debut The Orphanage stands as one of the most beautiful and moving horror movies in recent history.

Adopting seven-year-old, sweet natured, and imaginative Simon (Roger Princep) has awoken complex feelings in happily married Laura (Belen Rueda). Having been adopted herself and feeling a need for closure, Laura persuades her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) to buy the dilapidated institute where she spent the earliest, happiest, years of her life and reopen the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. As they move in to the silent, stately manor where something ominous haunts the darkened hallways, Simon's behaviour becomes increasingly reserved and malevolent. Carlos pins Simon's actions as a desperate bid to get more attention from his distracted parents but Laura isn't convinced and embarks on a desperate quest to unearth the terrible secret that lurks in the old house.

Taking inspiration from everything from Peter Pan to Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, director Juan Antonio Bayona and producer Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone) have produced a highly imaginative and well made film that induces fear throughout. With a musical score that elicits shudders from the outset and a heart-wrenching plot that filters unimaginable horror through a fairytale frame, The Orphanage is a unique, intelligent, spine-tingling, yet heartfelt horror that is as unsettling as Guillermo del Toro's Pans Labyrinth.


The description above is somewhat incorrect! Guillermo del Toro (Pans Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone) most certainly did not produce this film, his only connection with it is that he highly recommends it!!

That said this film is still superb and a MUST see for any film buff, 8.5/10

Hmm strange, IMDB does lists him.

I'm pretty sure Guillermo del Toro was the executive producer unless he pulled out? It is an excellent film though and you just have to see it at least once.

This is a great film at a great price.

I work in film distribution and voted this my favourite of last year. Intelligent and truly creepy - not a run of the mill horror film. Guillermo del Toro was producer of the film and you can feel his influence. This is to Peter Pan what Pan's Labyrinth was to Alice in Wonderland. Very well directed and the performances are all faultless. Its Spanish language but that really shouldn't make a difference to anyone.

I was a wee bit disappointed with this film. But I paid £6.99 just 8 months ago.


watched it last night! definitely was a Del Toro - comes across in the story building i think.. not quite as visual as Pans Labyrinth though. Worth watching, is a great plot

I remember seeing Guillermo del Toro being interviewed about this film on Jonathan Ross and could have sworn he said that his only involvement was that of 'presenting' it with very little if any hands on.

Here is an exert from an interview with the films director Juan Antonio Bayona.

When Guillermo del Toro became involved was he someone who protected your vision?
[SIZE="1"]Yes. Completely. You know we are friends from fifteen years ago and he really admires the work I did before The Orphanage, a lot of music videos and shorts films I did. He wanted to produce a film of mine and when I saw the screenplay for The Orphanage, I loved it and saw the opportunity. I talked to Guillermo about it, showed him the script and he loved it. He became a producer and decided he would ‘present’ the movie. He was very confident all the time about my work and he never intended to suggest an idea more than once. He was there just to protect me. He was there for all the important conversations before the shooting, but he wasn’t there for the shooting. He came into editing once and he didn’t say anything. He just said, ‘I love the movie, Bayona.’ And I said, ’Yeah, but…?’ And he said, ’No, no. I love it!’ He was very confident all the time and I was very humbled by that.[/SIZE]

It would appear Guillermo del Toro had more involvement then he gave himself credit for in the Jonathan Ross interview, I guess he was just being very modest and humble so as not to upstage his good friend Juan Antonio Bayona.
Anyway it's not really that important, the film is stunning and everyone should see it :-D

Excellent horror/chiller.

Far better than most of the crap in that genre that's produced endlessly today.

Again, I watched this last night. Loved it. Jumped in quite a few places, and broke my heart at the end! Well worth the money. The fact it was in Spanish made no difference to me enjoying it at all.
I noticed on the titles that Guillermo Del Toro produced it.

Great film
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