Overview

After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.

  1. Guillermo del Toro

    Director, Screenplay

  2. David Muñoz

    Writer

  3. Antonio Trashorras

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Eduardo Noriega

    Eduardo Noriega

    Jacinto

  2. Federico Luppi

    Federico Luppi

    Casares

  3. Marisa Paredes

    Marisa Paredes

    Carmen

  4. Fernando Tielve

    Fernando Tielve

    Carlos

  5. Íñigo Garcés

    Jaime

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Original Title El Espinazo del Diablo

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 2, 2001
    R
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language Spanish; Castilian

Runtime 1h 46m

Budget $4,500,000.00

Revenue $6,459,020.00

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