The Devil's Backbone (Spanish: El espinazo del diablo, literally The Backbone of the Devil) is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz. It was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar, and filmed in Madrid.
The film is set in Spain, 1939, during the final year of the Spanish Civil War. In the DVD commentary, del Toro stated that, along with Hellboy, this was his most personal project, and described it as his favorite along with Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy II.
Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War.