Episode 165 – Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone

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This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and Ryan Gallagher to discuss Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone.

About the film:

One of the most personal films by Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, it tells the tale of a twelve-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro expertly combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish mélange that, like his later Pan’s Labyrinth, reminds us the scariest monsters are often the human ones.

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Music from this episode is by The White Stripes and The Clash.

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