This movie is breathtakingly scary and intense at times. It seamlessly skips back and forth between the evil that men do and the crazy shit that fauns ask little girls to do. The scene with the monster awoken by the eating of a grape is one of the best of the year.
The film has many thrilling moments. I liked it a lot better than del Toro's The Devil's Backbone which also was set amidst the Spanish Civil War. However after seeing this film, I kind of want go back and give The Devil's Backbone another chance.
I also loved the sound in this film. Nothing says evil quite as well as the sound of leather gloves and leather boots worn by a madman.
I saw this film almost a month ago now. I still think about it often. At first, this was another one of those films that all the accolades it received built up unreal expectations for me. A month ago, I didn't think that this was one of the year's best films. However, a month removed from all the hype, I've realized that this is indeed one of the year's best.
I just listened to a Guillermo del Toro interview with Elvis Mitchell a few days ago. Just listening to him explain his thoughts on the movie the theme of fighting facism convinced me even more how much I did like this film.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro