The Orphanage (2007)


Movie Review

Directed by: J.A. Bayona

Starring: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, and Geraldine Chaplin

Laura (Belén Rueda), Carlos (Fernando Cayo), and their adopted-son Simón (Roger Príncep) move back to the rundown orphanage where Laura grew up.  She comes back to reopen the orphanage as a facility for disabled children.  The only problem is that the facility is haunted.  When Simón’s behavior becomes increasingly unorthodox and Laura starts to remember terrible things she repressed long ago, Carlos tries to rationalize things.  Laura, dealing with her own problems, obviously does not.  When Simón disappears, Carlos comes to his senses.

Bayona’s The Orphanage is a truly terrifying film.  In the horror genre, genuine fright is a hard thing to find these days.  Remakes of slasher flicks with sexy women can only go so far, but the psychological terror that Bayona brings to this frightening film has no limits.  The Orphanage passes the Sobriety Test with flying colors.  It gets a sober rating.  Check of this diamond in the rough as soon as you can.



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