Up 14 this week

The Orphanage (2007)
"El orfanato" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  11 January 2008 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 115,191 users   Metascore: 74/100
Reviews: 301 user | 297 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

32 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Others (2001)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
Orphan (2009)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman
[Rec] (2007)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi
Julia's Eyes (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Director: Guillem Morales
Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui
The Ring (2002)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Silent Hill (2006)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman goes in search for her daughter, within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. Based on the video game series of the same name.

Director: Christophe Gans
Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean
Mama I (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they?

Director: Andrés Muschietti
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier
1408 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström
Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack


Cast overview, first billed only:
Montserrat Carulla ...
Andrés Gertrúdix ...
Edgar Vivar ...
Prof. Leo Bálaban
Óscar Casas ...
Mireia Renau ...
Laura niña
Georgina Avellaneda ...
Carla Gordillo ...
Alejandro Camps ...
Carmen López ...
Óscar Lara ...


Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Un cuento de amor. Una historia de terror (A tale of love. A story of horror) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Orphanage  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$338,024 (USA) (28 December 2007)


£1,480,257 (UK) (11 April 2008)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This scored the biggest box office opening for a film in its native Spain, outgrossing the similarly successful Pan's Labyrinth (2006). See more »


In the scene where Laura is watching the old films, when we see one of the shots of Tomas, his eye hole is on the wrong side. In the next shot, it is on the right side again. See more »


Laura: 1, 2, 3. Toca la pared.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Pieces of wallpaper are peeled off to reveal each of the opening credits. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 5 January 2008 (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The House, The Beach and The Lost Child - A Creepy Ghost Story
11 May 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The former orphan Laura (Belén Rueda) raises her adopted son Simón (Roger Príncep) with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. Simón is HIV positive and tells Laura that he has five invisible friends, and she believes they are fruit of his imagination. Laura decides to reopen an orphanage for handicapped children in the location and during the opening party, Simón calls her to show the little cabin of his friend Tomás. The busy Laura does not gives much attention to her son; then she sees a mysterious masked boy and Simón vanishes. Laura feels the presence of other persons in the house and months later, the desperate Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery.

"El Orfanato" is a creepy and spooky ghost story with a dark and very sad atmosphere. The screenplay, direction, acting and cinematography are great, disclosing a dramatic and sensitive plot that explores the disappearance of a young boy with touches of supernatural in the despair of his mother. However, the explanation of the mystery in the end makes this sensitive movie actually a drama, and not horror genre, and maybe that is the reason why some viewers have written bad reviews (or maybe they have not understood the plot). My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Orfanato" ("The Orphanage")

Note: On 25 January 2015 I saw this movie again on Blu-Ray.

21 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What was Laura dying of ? tip-toe
More movies similar to this one? rihannafan101
It was Tomas, NOT Simon. noelle_film_fanatic
Am I that desensitized? JaseofBass
Not impressed voided-1
American's are NOT annoyed by subtitles ryanne_32
Discuss The Orphanage (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: