It’s 1939 and the Spanish Civil War rages. Even a remote orphanage is bombed – only the device doesn’t explode. It stands tall, firmly planted in the courtyard, undetonated. This is how you enter Guillermo del Toro’s thrilling, gothic tale, The Devil’s Backbone. Carlos is new to the orphanage and has a hard time making friends. Carlos soon meets Santi, the orphanage’s ghost, but Santi isn’t so much a friend as a terror that will not stop haunting him. But who is Santi? Why is he lingering at the orphanage? Carlos answers these questions and more in a movie that is both elegant and dreadful.