The Orphanage (New Line)
A Spanish ghost-story set in an old orphanage that’s now home to a couple and their young son, Juan Antonio Bayona’s thriller obeys the first rule of scary movies: allow the characters to act as stupidly as possible in any situation in order to trigger the necessary “oohs” and “aahs” from the equally benighted audience. Consequently, there are cheap thrills a-plenty: what’s missing is a reason to care about fools who should have left this house immediately. Only actress Belén Rueda’s winning presence makes The Orphanage watchable for those not automatically enamored of trashy thrillers.
EXTRAS: Three making-of featurettes.