Filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona on the set of his debut film The Orphanage (El Orfanato). Now don’t get this one confused as being a straight up Dimension type of horror movie. This is a creepy film! In fact it’s one of the creepiest movies I’ve ever seen in my life. The game sequence in this movie alone gave me chills. I think having personal experience with family tales or from those of friends certainly aids in whether you dig this movie or not. I went into seeing this thinking “ok there is a little boy in a mask that may or not be a ghost… and he is physically much smaller than the lead female character… so I don’t really see myself getting scared much.” Through the course of the film of course I was on the edge of my seat or sunk back in my seat completely freaked out! I wasn’t prepared at all for all the suspense that is maintained throughout. I really did think I would get one or two scares but otherwise not be effected by much. Credit Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. SÃ¡nchez for making me squirm like a schoolgirl.
This is not a movie I ever want to see before going to bed!
Yes, for the record that is Bayona and SÃ¡nchez in various pictures (view here) I took at Fantastic Fest.
Official digital still used in its international release.