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El espinazo del diablo
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Parents Guide for
The Devil's Backbone (2001) More at IMDbPro »El espinazo del diablo (original title)

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Many sexual dialogues spoken by kids. And a man tells a boy that men use medicine when they reach 60 and they can't get erection easily.

A man is briefly shown thrusting into a woman. (No nudity)

Some kissing.

A young boy shows off his hand drawn idea of a nude woman (a stick figure with breasts and a horizontal vagina).


There are several violent scenes throughout the film, but there is very little gore.

A man gets a bloody wound sewn (brief close-up)

Man cuts a boy with a knife (hardly seen)

Shotgun blast hits a man in the arm

A boy's head hits a rock wall (we see the impact and a wound on the head but nothing graphic)

An explosion leaves many dead and many others wounded (there is blood and some images of blood seeping, but nothing graphic)

Some children remove pieces of glass from the back of a child (blood is shown)

A woman is stabbed (we don't see it)

A man is hit in the face with a cane (we see blood)

A man is stabbed with pikes several times (we see blood and the actual stabs, nothing too extreme but it's the goriest scene of the film)

A handful of curses are used throughout the film: S*** B**** and the word F*** , including the use of Faggot and Queer. Cock is used once in a sexual context.

Several characters, including children, smoke cigarettes

Alcohol is sold.

A man drinks a shot of rum from a jar containing a preserved mutated baby fetus.


The ghost in the movie could be frightening.

A dead child is seen in the water.

The threat of an explosion is very intense.

A woman tries to put out a fire only to be consumed by the flames.

A boy is pursued by the ghost of a dead child, this can be quite intense.

A bomb is dropped from a plane on to a playground

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality

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