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The former orphan Laura raises her adopted son Simon with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. Simon is HIV positive and tells Laura that he has five invisible friends, and she believes they are fruit of his imagination. Laura decides to reopen an orphanage for handicapped children in the location and during the opening party, Simon calls her to show the little cabin of his friend Tomas. The busy Laura does not gives much attention to her son; then she sees a mysterious masked boy and Simon vanishes. Laura feels the presence of other persons in the house and months later, the desperate Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery.
Un cuento de amor. Una historia de terror (A tale of love. A story of horror)
Title: El Orfanato
Release Date: September 26, 2007
Runtime: 105 mins
All Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Spain
Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Brimstone Pit Rating: 8.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for some disturbing content.
Juan Antonio Bayona
Belen Rueda ...Laura
Fernando Cayo ...Carlos
Roger Princep ...Simon
Mabel Rivera ...Pilar
Montserrat Carulla ...Benigna
Andres Gertrudix ...Enrique
Edgar Vivar ...Prof. Leo Balaban
Oscar Casas ...Tomas
Mireia Renau ...Laura nina
Georgina Avellaneda ...Rita
Carla Gordillo ...Martin
Alejandro Camps ...Victor
Carmen Lopez ...Alicia
Oscar Lara ...Guillermo
Geraldine Chaplin ...Aurora
Enric Arquimbau ...Jefe Grupo Terapia
Blanca Martinez ...Mujer Grupo Terapia
Carol Suarez ...Benigna joven
Isabel Friera ...Antonia cuidadora
Fernando Marrot ...Doctor
Jordi Cardus ...Nino ciego (as Jordi Cardus)
Pedro Morales ...Padre 2
Guillermo del Toro
Sergio G. Sanchez
El Orfanato Horror Film Trailer 1
El Orfanato Horror Film Trailer 2
More Movie Taglines:
- Un cuento de amor. Una historia de terror (A tale of love. A story of horror)
- No secret stays locked away forever
- Czech: Mrtvť deti si chtejŪ hrŠt (Dead children want to play)
- Och barnen fortsštter att leka... (And the children continues their game, the children continues to play)
- Spain's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008).
One of the orphaned children Laura identifies in the photo she is shown she calls "Guillermo", an obvious nod to the Producer of the film. You also see his name during the scene where the window behind Laura smashes and she reveals the names of the old orphans and the dolls.
SPOILER: Laura's necklace, a St. Anthony medallion, makes a clever reference to her plight. In Catholic religion, St. Anthony is a doctor and patron saint of lost items.
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