The Orphanage
2008
Fueled by fond memories from her childhood, Laura (Belén Rueda) persuades her husband (Fernando Cayo) to help her revamp a seaside orphanage into a facility for disabled children. But soon after the couple moves in, their son, Simón (Roger Príncep), begins exhibiting disturbing behavior. As Laura tries to understand Simón's increasingly malevolent actions, she becomes drawn into the house's terrifying secrets in this unnerving chiller.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Guillermo del Toro produced this film and mentored its director, and it feels very much like his Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, but more of a pure ghost story. It's insanely tense stuff, two hours of white-knuckled suspense.

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