From the amazing talents of director
Juan Antonio Bayona comes The Orphanage, a gripping Spanish horror
movie which features some outstanding performances and a story to
really draw you from start to finish.
Unlike Western horrors, where this
movie succeeds is the way that it handles the horror genre that is
not all about over the top gore or forced frights. Rather, Bayona
successfully uses key elements in the plot to deliver these frights
and all happen at unpredictable times.
The tale itself revolves around
Laura who is played by the delightful Belén Rueda who purchases her
childhood orphanage in order to restore it to its former glory and
assist children with disabilities.
As the restoration commences and
unbeknown to Laura, her son has found an imaginary friend which at
first causes no concern, however as the story progresses, so does
this chilling aspect of whether her son is normal, mad or if there
are other forces at work.
As strange things begin to occur in
the home, Laura calls together a group of experts to investigate,
only to uncover the disturbing truth about the orphanage. A truly
classic European horror tale that lovers of this genre should really