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The story offers nothing original; 3 young men end up stranded, head to a log cabin for help, encounter a few unsavoury characters with a taste for human flesh, and try to escape. The snow made a refreshing change and at times I could almost feel the cold.
Very seldom have I witness such a chilling, atmospheric ghost story, so beautifully crafted and unsettling as Juan Antonio Bayona’s 2007 horror film THE ORPHANAGE. This film truly absorbs the watcher into that creepy old orphanage with its haunting secrets and troubled past. I am left with no questions, the story is told in full and I am left truly satisfied. Not only is THE ORPHANAGE a thoroughly creepy film, but its story is interestingly different and perfectly portrayed.
The story centres around Laura (Belen Rueda) who returns with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and son Simon (Roger Princep) to the orphanage where she grew up, her intention to make the orphanage into a home for special needs children, is interrupted when Simon starts to play games with his ‘imaginary friends’.