The Babadook itself was created via in-digital camera trickery, inspired by the silent films of Georges Méliès and others. The Devil’s Backbone is a children’s story, filled with kids who dare one another to beat their fears, even as they’re all endangered by the approaching war and the violent urges of somebody in their midst. Guillermo Del Toro has an beautiful sympathy for all of those kids, even the useless ones, and even the ones who grew as much as be monsters.
Del Toro’s story takes him to heroic heights and horrifying lows, but we get the impression that the filmmaker believes in his tormented hero. And that battery scene is one of the cleverest reveals in horror movie historical past. Child’s Play was disturbing then, and it’s still creepy as hell now. The audience knows, immediately, that Chucky is a killer doll but the story sticks with the adults … Read More