Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno) 2006
Ever feel overwhelmed when trying to find a good movie to watch? Starting next week, be on the lookout for short lists of recommended films that we’ll be posting around the library. For the month of October we’ll be presenting scary films in the spirit of Halloween. Whether you like gory horror flicks or supernatural thrillers, you’ll be able to reference our lists to find the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of popcorn. Our first selection is Pan’s Labyrinth, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro.
Pan’s Labyrinth is in essence, “a disturbing fairy tale for adults.” The fascinating story is at times terrifying and chilling. I’d recommend this film to those who have an appreciation for a unique story with fantastical cinematography and special effects.
The setting is 1940s Spain, amidst the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. The story follows a child named Ofelia who travels with her pregnant mother and abusive stepfather to an eerie military outpost. Ofelia finds herself in a situation of cruelty and brutal violence. Ofelia soon discovers that the monsters of her imagination have come to life and that she must battle them in order to save both herself and her mother.
You can find Pan’s Labyrinth in the DVD collection on the 1st floor. DVD #910.
– Recommended by Samantha Tanner, McCain Library Reference Student Assistant