Hot on the heels of the success of last year's Pan's Labyrinth, we have been eager to dig into the strange mystifying tale known as The Orphanage (El Orfanato), which producer Guillermo del Toro has been so passionate about bringing to the United States. We recently got a chance to sit down with director Juan Antonio Bayona and writer Sergio G. Sanchez to talk about the Spanish language horror flick. Take a look...

The Orphanage centers on a Laura (Bel&#233n Rueda from The Sea Inside) who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son's imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.

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The Orphanage hits limited theaters on December 28th.