HORROR OCTORBOR! The Devil’s Backbone (2001) w/Consequence of Sound

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We’re finishing up HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR, our exploration of foreign horror films, with Guillermo Del Toro’s 2001 historical supernatural drama The Devil’s Backbone! Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound joins us to talk about Del Toro’s spiritual sibling to his later film Pan’s Labyrinth, in which a group of orphans deal with the ghost of their deceased friend while the staff of the orphanage tries to navigate the precarious sociopolitical climate of post-Civil War Spain in the 1930s. It’s a great, atmospheric horror film, perhaps one of Del Toro’s finest works, and it’s well worth watching. Check it out along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules below!




To recreate the spooky elixir Dr. Cesares makes of stillborn babies, we made a green Bloody Mary (a Verde Maria, if you will) to offer you a way to cool down after a hot day of chasing ghosts and fighting off gold robbers in a Spanish orphanage.

5-6 green tomatillos
5-6 sprigs, fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno
celery salt
1 slice pineapple (grilled)
line juice
1 tbsp agave nectar
4 parts jalapeno-infused tequila

  1. Grill pineapple slices to bring out their flavor and get a little char on them.
  2. Combine pineapple and remaining ingredients in a blender, and blitz till smooth.
  3. Pour into goblet of your choice. Garnish with jalapeno, celery stalk, and pickled fetus. 


  1. Any time you see Santi’s ghost
  2. Whenever you see the undetonated bomb
  3. Every time someone swears (in Spanish)


Dr. Cesares says, “I am a ghost. That’s what I am.”

Join us next week as we drink your milkshake with the stylized PT Anderson drama There Will Be Blood!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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