I love how the horror is the means, the build-up not the actual point.
It keeps you on edge the whole time, which is an essential device in keeping you interested.
Started off a bit too slow, but picked up pace beautifully as it progressed and the climax was superb.
I absolutely adored this film! The scares are scary. The house is truly haunting. Belen Rueda is stunning. The whole film feels like an old style ghost story. A classy fright film all the way down the line. The ending is devastating.
While Pan's Labyrinth refined Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive's photogenic self-satisfaction of largely storyless linger into an actual narrative, deepening its aloof attempt at high-minded drama into poignant melodrama, The Orphanage is a non-invigorating and plodding, artificial reworking of Saura's Cría Cuervos and Taboada's The Book of Stone. Too much bad melodrama and generic horror in its lightweight script.