Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Navigation
Skip to Footer
Sign in / Register
TV On Demand
Film on TV
Film On Demand
Guillermo del Toro
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Pinterest
Share on Google Plus
Share on Reddit
Email to a friend
In a superlative companion piece to 2001's
The Devil's Backbone
, director Guillermo del Toro uses his extraordinarily rich and detailed visual style to weave entrancing metaphorical fantasy horror through political allegory with stunning brilliance. In 1944, in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) seeks refuge in a mysterious maze to escape the harsh realities of her life. There, satyr Pan (Doug Jones) sets her three perilous tasks. These mirror her soul-destroying existence and help her to cope with the perversions of innocence that fascism represents in this dark fable for adults. Superbly acted (Sergi Lopez terrifies as the wicked stepfather who is one of Franco's torturers), vividly beautiful (the fairy-tale landscapes are exquisite), and uniquely imaginative (a magical and sinister buffet sequence is astonishing), del Toro's mesmerising phantasmagoria packs a real emotional punch. Coupled with Javier Navarrete's glorious score, this grim spin on
Alice in Wonderland
is del Toro's finest work to date.
In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, inquisitive youngster Ofelia is taken by her pregnant mother to live with the sadistic Capitan Vidal. In the surroundings of her new abode, the fairytale-obsessed girl ventures into an elaborate stone labyrinth, where she encounters a mysterious faun. The creature sets Ofelia a series of disturbing tasks which she must complete to journey to an underground kingdom, where she will be restored to the throne as a princess. Guillermo del Toro's period fantasy, starring Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez and Ariadna Gil. In Spanish.
Cast & Crew
Guillermo del Toro
Violence and swearing.
DVD and Blu-ray
24 Nov 2006
Full Episode Guide
Guillermo del Toro and Beasts of the Southern Wild writer to make Secret Garden adaptation
The Pan's Labyrinth director will work alongside Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar to create an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel
Mark Gatiss on European Horror and his "bloodthirsty youth"
Stranger Things 2 spoiler-free review: fans could not have asked for a more joyous return
What's your favourite spooky Doctor Who episode?
What time is Autumnwatch on TV?
Why Channel 4's My Week as a Muslim is so controversial