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YMMV: The Devil's Backbone
- Complete Monster: Jacinto. at first seems to be just a nasty jerk who cheats on his girlfriend with his teacher, but the truth is different. Jacinto, in his greed and lust for gold, is revealed as the murderer of the ghost boy Santi. He later blows up the orphanage and murders his own girlfriend without a twinge of remorse before trying to kill the other boys as they lure him to Santi's vengeful spirit.
- 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.