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The Orphanage
The Orphanage
Actors: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2008     1hr 45min

It's only his first film, but Spain's Juan Antonio Bayona has already figured out the secret to a successful supernatural thriller: emphasize character over special effects. Like Walter Salles's Dark Water and Alejandro Am...  more »


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Actors: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Creators: Oscar Faura, Fernando Velázquez
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Fantasy
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/22/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Christine A. (WriteReviseEdit) from ROCHESTER, NY
Reviewed on 6/5/2015...
If you like "Close Encounters ..." and "Pan's Labyrinth," you'll love "The Orphanage."

I stumbled upon this film a few years back. I'd seen the starring actress in other films and love the unusual approach Juan Antonio Bayona and his tight circle of director friends take to Spanish-language film making. In fact, upon seeing it I purchased it. However, I'd lent my copy to a friend. Never to get it back. Which is why I reordered it on SwapADVD - a film lover's treasure trove!!!

I truly believe that, if you like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" for its otherworldly and metaphysical overtures and "Pan's Labyrinth" for its blend of fantastic and realistic events, you will love "The Orphanage." I'm not a fan of slasher, horror or even creepy movies. This is a great alternative. It's suspenseful, intriguing and just goofy enough to make you jump, believe and laugh at the right moments.

Needless to say, I won't be lending out THIS copy any time soon.

My friends can get their own!!!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 8/30/2014...
This is such an amazing movie!! My husband and I both loved it and he doesn't care for paranormal movies but it's got a shocking but outstanding ending!!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Deborah M. from IRMO, SC
Reviewed on 4/4/2013...
This movie has english subtitles, but, if you can get over that and keep watching it, it is great! It's is a unique plot, suspenseful.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Derek B. from LINDSBORG, KS
Reviewed on 9/16/2011...
This movie was absolutely fantastic. The acting was top notch, the set ups for the scary parts was almost torture in how slow and meticulous it set everything up. It even had a couple jump scares that actually worked as well. The ending was also heart wrenching and overall satisfying. The problems I hear people having are that it's to slow and that it turns into a drama at the end rather then a horror movie. To me these complaints are just from people who probably like the slasher kill them all movies as opposed to horror movies that take their time and let you try to figure out what's happening and why. The ending again is very emotional and is very dramatic. If you like the slower paced movies then this is definitely worth checking out if you haven't you will not be disappointed.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The Orphanage
Charles A. Robinson | 08/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I prefer not to detail the things that actually occur in a movie, nor give long, pointed descriptions of the characters in them. I feel part of the enjoyment of a movie is figuring these things out for yourself (if you're reading a review, you're already partially interested, right?). So if you're looking for that, skip on down to any of the excellent descriptive reviews already posted.

On to the review itself:

The Orphanage is an incredibly under-appreciated movie.

Part of the problem comes from the tendency for it to be lumped into the horror genre, which has over the last few decades becomes synonymous with gore. This isn't to dismiss anyone's opinions of what makes a good horror movie, but someone looking for a movie akin to Saw, Hostel, et. al., should avoid this movie like the plague; you will be disappointed.

Outside of that, fans of psychological horror will find much to appreciate here. The atmosphere of the movie is absolutely perfect, with its dark tones and scenes juxtaposed with some brilliant, shining scenes -- never letting the viewer get too settled on what's to come. The movie itself exists much more in the vein of Hitchcock, without the overacting and overproduction seen in his otherwise wonderful movies. The best parts of this movie exist in their subtlety, never bothering to explain to the viewer what is obvious through attention, and not, with some very rare exception, forcing the viewer to take the director's view of how the movie should be interpreted.

If you're looking for a movie that will disturb you without excessive gore in a way that you remember it years later -- and that may even give you something to debate with your friends on family -- be sure to give this movie a chance.

Regarding the difference between Blu-Ray and DVD, if you have a chance, be sure to catch it in high definition. It's absolutely beautiful, and the sound is impeccably done. Not knocking on the DVD (it's also great!), but the Blu-Ray approximates the experience from the theatre much more in this movie than it does in some other releases as of late.
Pretty good ghost story
Lisa L. Lindsey | 07/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a better story then I thought it would be and not what I expected it to be. Youo would kinda think you were going to see a very scary and evil film but it's not really. I mean, there are some parts that make you jump but its more of a story of love and release. I cant think of another way of putting it without telling the ending. I liked the story and thought it was very endearing, if not sad as to what really happened. If you are looking for a hollywood ghost story with blood and terrifying ghosts, then dont watch this. Thats not what this is about abd you will be disappointed. This is more of a traditional ghost story.
Also, if you dont like subtitles, dont get it. It's in spanish and it didnt have a dubbing option (which I hate anyway). At least on this edition."
The Best
Ms. Beatriz O. Resendez | Texas | 07/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I encourage everyone to see this movie, The Orphanage, this is incredible!!!!!! It gets you glued to the tv!!!!! Its just the best thriller movie and the director is fantastic!!!!!! DEFINITELY WORTH BUYING!!!!!! INCREDIBLE EXCELLENT FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"