• Guillermo del Toro’s historical thriller and supernatural horror film The Devil’s Backbone is clearly the work of a film artist with an immense imagination. But according to the writer-director, it was also inspired by a real-life experience that haunts him to this day. In this online-exclusive video, del Toro describes the moment in his childhood when he believes he first had an encounter with a ghost, and reveals its connection to the melancholy child phantom he created for The Devil’s Backbone, known as “the one who sighs.”

6 comments

  • By Sidney
    July 29, 2013
    08:10 PM

    Thanks, Criterion! Del Toro's interview's are always brilliant.
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  • By thevoid99
    July 29, 2013
    10:22 PM

    Wow... that's a story. More films by Guillermo del Toro should be in Criterion. Hell, in a more fair world. "Pacific Rim" would be #1 breaking box office records instead of lame trash starring Adam Sandler.
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  • By Maybecedarian
    July 30, 2013
    12:17 AM

    Is anyone surprised that he's got a story like this? Not that I doubt it! I've had a similar experience or two. It's experiences like this that can inspire truly great stories and not just more run-of-the-mill fluff.
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  • By Kabal
    July 30, 2013
    08:50 AM

    Go home Del Toro. You're drunk.
    Reply
  • By Henry Krinkle
    July 30, 2013
    08:09 PM

    Cheers for this Criterion. GDT is a great storyteller...in any medium. Gracias a ti, Guillermo!
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  • By Sean
    August 10, 2013
    10:03 PM

    I've had an experience with a ghost once but please be mature as it's a personal one. I remember sleeping in my bed and it felt chillier than usual in my room maybe about ten degrees cooler than usual and my bed rumbles and I hear it whisper in my ear with a feminine voice and it said in a sexy voice do you want to do this and I'm so afraid and I'm cold and sweating at the same time and I said yes in my sleep and then it takes the covers off my bed and then she takes my covers off and then you know what happens? I know it's downright creepy but I'm not making that one up and I know it's extremely personal but Del Toro had his and I've had a few but this is by far my most personal encounter with a ghost of remembering of what happen that very night. If you know what I mean by.
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