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Movie review: "The Orphanage"

Movie review: "The Orphanage"

January 15, 2008|By EVA NIESSNER / Pulse Correspondent

In "The Orphanage," there's no shout of "Heeeere's Johnny!" (or Juan, seeing as it's a Spanish film with English subtitles), but in many ways this film is a Spanish take on "The Shining."

The plot revolves around a woman named Laura who converts the orphanage she grew up in into a home for special-needs children. She also moves in with her husband and her son Simon, who can see strange things in the house that nobody else does, except his mother.

When Simon goes missing, Laura knows that the spirits of the angry orphans that once lived there are at work, and she must bargain with the dead to get her son back.

The best part of "The Orphanage" was the amount of suspense it created. Sure, a lot of movies say they'll "keep you on the edge of your seat," but trust me, "The Orphanage" will.

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Most of the movie is cold-sweat, what's-behind-you fear, avoiding the gore-is-more theory of most other horror movies these days.

"The Orphanage" is rated R, so don't see it if you freak out easily. And believe me, the kid in the burlap mask will freak you out.

This is an excellent way for a horror movie lover to spend an evening, and maybe even learn a little Spanish.

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