YMMV / The Devil's Backbone

  • Complete Monster: The ruthless caretaker Jacinto is revealed as the murderer of the ghost boy Santi. Jacinto begins delving further into darkness when he is consumed by greed as he tries to steal gold that will go to fund the Republican loyalists against Franco. Burning the orphanage to try to kill everyone within and get to the safe containing the gold, Jacinto callously murders his own girlfriend Conchita before he returns to steal his treasure. Upon encountering all the boys there, he tries to kill them as well without any hint of remorse, just to feed his bottomless greed.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Carlos and Jaime are seen again briefly as young guerilla fighters in Pan's Labyrinth where both are killed by Captain Vidal and his forces, showing just what little of a future they really had. Guillermo del Toro confirms that it indeed is them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Guillermo Del Toro creating a story with fetus symbolism. I'm sure we'll never see that again.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jacinto burning the orphanage to get to the safe.
  • What Could Have Been: The film was first conceived as set in the Mexican Revolution.