Jeremy's Review of The Orphanage
[b]The Orphanage[/b] is a spooky little story about a woman who lived in an orphanage as a child and comes back to buy the building as an adult and discovers there are supernatural things happening when her young son disappears. It is a Spanish movie and is presented by Guillermo del Toro.
This is the kind of horror movie I like. It relies more on tension and mystery than cheap scares or gore. Although, there are plenty of things here to scare you. Let's face it, little kid ghosts are just plain creepy and in a movie about an orphanage, you know you're going to get some. The story is intriguing and well written but it could have been tightened up in spots. There are a few parts that seemed unnecessary by the end, but I suppose they did help to build the tension and provide some frightening interludes. I absolutely loved the ending of the movie. It brought all the pertinent plot threads together in a way that I didn't expect and was hopeful and tragic at the same time.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good story along with their scares.