The Orphanage | Probably the most effective horror flick this year is a film where you don't get to see as much as the film is putting you on. That shouldn't be a big surprise to many who watch horror for the implications and not for the showmanship/gore factor. And like many of the best horror films to me, the real horror lies in the meanings behind the story's darkest images. A woman, that has recently moved back to the orphanage she once grew up in, loses her son to the apparent spirits of her long dead childhood friends (obviously something happened to them she luckily escaped from at that young age) and the only way to communicate with them is to play their childhood games. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, apparently a close friend of Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) who produced and presented this film to international audiences from Spain, this fairly new director enjoys toying with our minds with what is fate and what can be done by choice.