The Orphanage feels like many of the other films in the genres for the first half, with samey scenes, unoriginal story and predictable 'jumps'. Then about halfway through the film shows its heart and it gets really good. It's one of those films that I liked throughout but ended u...
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 Laur... read more
Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona
Release Date: December 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
Stats: 13,483 reviews
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November 11, 2011
Spain has turned out quite a few excellent horror films in the last few years, and in my opinion, some of the most terrifying and original films of the last decade. The Orphanage is a brilliant, near flawless and beautifully constructed ghost story. The film benefits from all the...
June 22, 2011
Mainstream horror in the early-21st century has become defined by inept remakes, unnecessary reboots, and an uncreative obsession with physical mutilation embodied by so-called 'torture porn'. But even as the genre was taken to new lows with Roland Joffé's utterly vile Captivity,...
February 1, 2011
At first it was really spooky.. any time you put creepy kids in masks it's going to be spooky. But then the movie took a turn, it got really sad. Never Never Land to say the least.. heartbreaking.
It was visual and you don't even notice it's not in English after awhile. But sinc...
December 29, 2010
A well made and well acted movie. But... it's also one of the most depressing things I have watched in a long time. I was told it was one of the creepiest ghost movies that has been seen in the last few years but it didn't hold up in that department. While there were a couple ...
October 14, 2010
This is a great foreign movie full of alot of eery and creepy stuff. Plus, there is plenty of mystery that keeps you wondering what happened until the shocking ending. A must see!
September 8, 2010
July 28, 2010
a really great horror movie. it suprised me a lot. i wasnt interested in it at first but i really liked this movie. B+
May 11, 2010
Spooky ghost story that's masterfully weaved by director Juan Antonio Bayona. The basement scene, near the end, made my skin crawl. Four stars!
January 31, 2010
This was a sad movie. But it's enjoyable.
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